Fancy dress costume and stand, 'Lobster Mornay', plastic/foamcore/polystyrene/latex/paint/cardboard, Brian Ross, Australia, 1994.
Costume made of foamcore reinforced with chux superwipes soaked in latex and trimmed with polystyrene foam and textured and flat easyfoam of various colours. The costume is in the form of a lobster, the foamcore base is painted fluro orange and the trims are in bright yellow, green, red, blue and purple. The costume is in four parts, the torso and tail are built up on a black denim tube with black cotton drill shoulder straps, the easyfoam and foamcore pieces that make up the lobster are sewn onto the tube, and reinforced with black gaffa tape. The head is made up of foamcore which is reinforced on the inside with black gaffa tape, there is a hole in centre for wearer to see, (this has been covered with black fabric) and long antennae fall from the top of the headpiece. The two separate claws are lined with black denim and reinforced with black gaffa tape. The head and claws attach to the torso when worn by loops of narrow white elastic.
The stand for the costume is made of welded metal tubing with detachable arms, it has been made specifically for the costume.