I made a fabulous gothic burlesque outfit for my Bride of Frankenstein doll!
I just finished this project barely in time for round one of our Halloween week celebrations, and I am so proud of her!
This is a Sideshow Collectibles Bride of Frankenstein that i’ve had for like a decade.
I originally got her mostly for her laboratory accessories, for my dollhouse laboratory.
I loved her face, but the slightness of her base figure model and her outfit, though very screen-accurate, bored me. Elsa Lanchester is just much more fierce.
I wanted to reference Elsa’s dance training, the cabaret and Victorian numbers from her burlesque revue days. Elsa and Madeline Kahn had so much in common as performers, and yet you only see a glimpse of it in “Bride of Frankenstein.” Elsa plays Mary Shelley as well, at the very beginning of “Bride”. Percy Shelley calls her “an angel”, and the devil is the corner of her mouth as she smirks, “You think so.”
I always had the idea I’d do a custom outfit for my Sideshow Bride, something sassy and exciting.
As I began to make my Horribella dolls, I amassed tiny doll-making trims and miniature buckles.
I got stuff from model horse tack suppliers Rio Rondo (boy, don’t try to load that site on your phone!) and BJD clothing-making suppliers all over the world.
I got amazing tiny silver leather trim from a handbag company in Los Angeles. I saved every bit of ribbon from every bag of fancy cookies, every inch of silver elastic from a dress tag, for my Snow Queen project (reveal next year!). For my mermaid doll and my corset customizing projects I got a zillion different kinds and sizes of Swarovski crystals, beads, sequins and chains.
I learned how to bulk out the hips of a figure and smoothly sculpt them with epoxy clay when I was making the tiny doll corsets for my Horribella dolls.
I give them big curves to match the silhouette of a Modern Edwardian underbust, my own favorite corset style. Then I draft a tiny corset pattern and cut and glue a miniature corset over them.
Now that my workshop is complete, I keep powering through long-awaited projects.
So I finally made my Bride of Frankenstein Gothic Burlesque Elsa Lancaster Showgirl!
Isn’t she marvelous?