TLF ID M000248
This is a mermaid performance costume worn by Annette Kellerman throughout the USA and Europe between 1906 and 1940. It comprises a tightly fitted one-piece yellow cotton costume designed to fit under the arms with the bodice tapering in to the waist and down the legs to end in a padded 'fishtail'. The whole outfit is decorated with a fish-scale pattern worked in diamantes, which have been sewn on individually. An opening at the back of the tail allows for the wearer's feet to be outside the tail. This costume was possibly worn in one of her film roles or on stage, but does not appear to have been worn under water. It features a centre opening at the back of the waist, fastening with seven metal hooks and eyes.