THE EMERALD EMPRESS
The Legion of Super Heroes
I grew up loving the Adventure Comics
series, The Legion of Super Heroes
, and The Emerald Empress from the villainous group The Fatal Five was my favorite nemesis. The source of her power is the ever-present Emerald Eye of Ekron, which can even take out Superboy. There have been many incarnations of the Empress, but this costume is based on the original, Sarya.
The costume was mostly an exercise in alteration; the base dress is a severely altered A-line sheath knee-length dress which was sewn to a steel-boned corset at the neckline to give the top a form-fitting shape. The sheer white blouse, as well as the boots, tights, wig, gloves, and black bikini bottoms were bought from various thrift stores and online. The cape was made using the same pattern as Triplicate Girl's
, using a dark green cotton fabric I found at JoAnn's. I lengthened it as the Empress' cape is almost ankle-length, and added a stand-up caller backed with two layers of interfacing. The belt is black craft foam with worbla gem casings. The "emeralds" were molded from plastic gems and then cast them in resin, and the tiara is worbla with a cast gem inset.
The Eye of Ekron ended up being the most challenging part of the costume. The first version was a plastic white bouncy ball which we spray-painted white and detailed with acrylics. It looked cool, but the spray paint never completely dried, giving the Eye a realistic sheen, but stuck it permanently to the glove I carried it with. It also picked up anything it touched, and was disgusting by the end of the weekend. The Eye, as well as the gloves, ended up in a trash can in Centennial Olympic Park before Dragon*Con ended. For Eye of Ekron 2.0, Sketch found a round hollow styrofoam ball which opened into two pieces for easy packing. We coated it in Mod Podge before painting it, and Sketch added magnets so it locks together when I'm carrying it around. When I first wore the Empress I didn't think anyone would know who I was, but I had lots of people shout "The Emerald Empress!" or "The EYE OF EKRON!" at me and I got to meet and chat with a lot of Legion fans, which makes me love this costume even more!