Here’s a reader submission from the lovely sendmedaughters. It’s pretty great!
Laura Michelle Kelly as Galadriel in the London production of the “Lord of the Rings” musical. As befitting the Lady of the Golden Wood, her entire outfit is gold, but I also love the different textures of her dress from the net-like or spider web-like cloth that covers her upper torso and arms, to the etched bodice, and finally the crinkled gold skirt that is linked to her sleeves. The dress is utterly designed for Galadriel and for this version of her only: in her entrance in the musical, the actress descends, spotlighted, sitting on a swing made of swaths of golden silk amid the boughs of the trees of Lothlorien. As she sings her oath to Lothlorien, she moves the silk so that at the end, she is pulled upward with the silk behind her arms, her skirt train trailing in the air underneath her like a nimbus of light.
I also love the details in her outfit such as the gold foil make up near her eyes and the golden bird wing in her braided hair. The costuming for the “Lord of the Rings” musical seemed to use Native American or Gaellic influences for their elves’ costuming, but whereas Legolas might wear coarser clothing and Arwen wears more muted colors similar to the movies, Galadriel’s palette is unmistakably otherwordly almost to the point of being heavenly. Does it make me a bad LOTR fan that I think I might prefer this costume to Cate Blanchette’s costume in the movies?
I don’t think it does, because this is stunning!