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Ghost Ship Porthole electroluminescent neon-panel dress, April 2011

Electroluminescent panelled me


For White Mischief's fabulous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea extravaganza, I wanted to create something suitably inspired & Neon-Victoriana. I daydreamed about Jules Verne, sunken adventures and galleons, then came up with the idea for a 'Ghost Ship Porthole' dress.

To elaborate, I decided to use electroluminescent neon panels to illuminate sea-faring motifs so in the dark my dress would glow with a spooky light shining out of a ghost ship's portholes.

The motifs I sourced from vintage illustrations of anchors, seahorses, Japanese Koi, ship's cats, pirate skulls and more. In this case, the portholes were limited in number by the amount of spare splitters (cable/sockets to power source) I happened to have.

I plan to scale this dress up and incorporate accessories, I ran out of time to make the neon ghost ship for my tricorn hat, but that'll be made for the next calling of the Ghost Ship Porthole dress!

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