most cruel and terrifying of her seven dresses, Jadis wears this
regalia for the ritual of sacrifice on the Stone Table.
The bodice and skirt seem like the basic
template - yet there are no sleeves. The neck squares off at
her shoulders, cut straight across, and curves under her arms, rounding
to her back, and probably straightens off under her shoulder blades.
While it looks very black in the images, Mussenden
mentions that it is actually midnight blue. The lace is black, the
outcome looking like black ice. See below for better color/fabric
And a chilling twist: she has a large black bird slung
on her right shoulder (this is a taxidermied rooster). It's laying
on its side, the head facing away from her face. The right wing,
extends up from her right shoulder, the left wing laying closely
along the back of the dress, ending at the waist so that one can
see it from her left side if she turns slightly. From her right
shoulderblade, below the bird, extends a wide training sash of black
Her dreads are worn pulled straight back, in her frozen-back cone
look still, though not so root-like. It's clasped somehow eight
inches or so from the head, and the ends of the hair hang down.
LordofHaladin is kind enough to share some observations on the
entry) from the Disney MGM Studios exhibit.
(Though paraphrased, all observations below are from Lordofhaladin)
On the dress one could not see any seams at all. It was possible
that a faint p-seam could be seen on the side. Very full skirt (three
The fabric was heavy but light - rolling instead of draping, and
pooled at the feet of the dress 4 to 6 inches. The fabric had three
layers or more (crisp, with a sheen only silk has): netting, like
tulle, something like batting in a white color, pulled very thin
in some places, balling up in others. Then a "web" of
threads, silk or polyester, and some slim pieces of gray/silver/black
(Note: This is fitting very much with the knowledge from our
exclusive interview with Isis Mussenden: "The first layer is
a velvet dyed with resist areas for a modeled look. The second
layer is felted wool and silk. The raw materials were dyed
and then felted to fit the shape of each dress. The sheen
of the silk is what gave us icy lines and begins to create the depth.
The final layer is the lace. This is metallic thread and organza
pieces, also dyed, sewn onto a burn out fabric.")
The draping cape looked like organza, attached to her shoulder
under the bird. Almost black, but a bit lighter. Perhaps shot black/silver.
The right wing of the bird, closest to her head (laying on its
side), was outstretched. Part of the bird, possibly the left wing,
stretched over to the other side, it seems across her back waist,
and you could see it on the left side. The eyes of the bird were
Super high-rez images ~ courtesy
Behind the Scenes Chapters
High-Res MGM Studios Exhibit ~ taken
by Lady Éowyn
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