The Laethes Skater Dress

Regular price $74.00 Sale

Lorica skater dresses feature two hidden side seam pockets, and are available in three lengths ("knife," "sword," and "lance," in order from shortest to longest. There is a difference of 3" between each). Please allow up to three weeks of lead time for this new made-to-order style!

Our Laethes design is based on the breastplate by Fillipo Negroli c. 1532-1535, made for Guidobaldo della Rovere, Duke of Urbino. This gorgeous armor features two bat-like wings that flank the torso, finely covered with scales and wildly glaring eyes. There are many interpretations of this armor's decoration, some saying it resembles written descriptions of the goddess Fame ("a vast, fearful monster, with a watchful eye meticulously set under every feather which grows on her, and for every one of them an a tongue in a mouth which is loud of speech and and an ear ever alert," Aeneid 4.181-83), others that it is based on the dragon hide armor of the Islamic warrior Rodomonte, which was covered in eyes like the wings of a seraph. Inscribed on the plaque in the center of the sternum is the Latin phrase "NVLLA BIBAM LAETHES OBLIVIA FLVMINE IN IPSO," roughly translating to "May I not drink of Lethe, for in this river lies oblivion." In Greek mythology, once spirits of the dead arrived in the underworld they would first drink of the waters of the river Lethe to forget their past lives, as well as to allow the living to forget them. This powerful phrase at once proclaims, "I do not want to forget who I was while I was alive, and I do not want others to forget me: my life is indelible." I hope you feel precisely that awesome when you wear this armor.

Our model is 5'2 and wearing a size XS in sword length.

92% Recycled Polyester, 8% Spandex
Moisture-wicking
Made in the USA

Our dresses are created with performance fibers derived from post-consumer plastics. Compared to making "virgin" polyester, these recycled yarns offset using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews Write a review

Dresses

Length: Measured flat from shoulder to bottom hem, our classic cap-sleeve dresses start at 32" with size XS, and increase in overall length by 1" per size.

Our customizable skater dresses come in "knife," "sword," and "lance" lengths, from shortest to longest. Measured flat from shoulder to bottom hem, knife starts at 32", sword at 35", and lance at 38" with size XS, and increase in overall length by 0.5" per size.

Size Bust Waist
XS 30-32 in
76-81 cm
24-26 in
61-66 cm
S 32.5-34.5 in
83-88 cm
26.5-28.5 in
67-72 cm
M 35-37 in
89-94 cm
29-31 in
74-79 cm
L 37.5-39.5 in
95-100 cm
31.5-33.5 in
80-85 cm
XL 40-42 in
102-107 cm
34-36 in
86-91 cm
XXL 42.5-44.5 in
108-113 cm
36.5-38.5 in
93-98 cm