20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel written by Jules Verne that was published in 1870. Considered to be one of Verne’s best works, this book was also very much ahead of its time with the description of the ship the Nautilus. The story is about an expedition to hunt down a large sea monster and destroy it. The “sea monster” actually turns out to be submarine which is very far ahead of its time, making this book fit right into the steampunk genre. The submarine was created and operated by the notorious Captain Nemo who is determined to satisfy his hunger for knowledge, while at the same time exiling himself from the civilized world. The submarine, the Nautilus, runs on electricity and is also capable of performing research in the areas of advanced marine biology.
When Professor Aronnax and his crew attempt to set off on a voyage to find and destroy the mysterious sea monster, they discover that it is truly not what they thought it was. Aronnax and a crew member named Ned Land end up captured and imprisoned by the reclusive Captain Nemo and the three men end up taking a trip around the world, seeing everything from the lost city of Atlantis, to a giant octopus, to the South Pole.
Captain Nemo has an advanced knowledge of marine biology and is also a fine engineer who created the electric propulsion and complex navigation systems of the Nautilus. He is also a master at navigation and has taken on some of the most difficult submarine passages in the sea. With all this being said, it’s no wonder this book has remained wildly popular even today. It’s also not surprising that fans of science fiction and the Steampunk genre love to portray the famous Captain Nemo for Halloween, cosplay, or other costumed occasions. Here we take a look at Captain Nemo and other 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea related costumes.
Deep Sea Diver Costume
Made from 100% polyester, this costume is available in a standard size. Deep sea diver costume is a metallic gold in color and includes the jumpsuit, belt, and helmet. Helmet features a built in face cage for visibility and for an authentic look. Costume has black trim around shoulders, wrists, and waist.
Amazing Deep Sea Diver Latex Mask
This is an authentic looking scuba diver mask in a bronze color. Download the free app that goes along with the mask to bring it to life. After the app is downloaded to your smartphone, place the phone in the mask pocket and double tap to stop and start motion. Makes a great novelty item and fits in with a nautical, science fiction, and Steampunk theme.
Diving Bell Adult Helmet
This helmet is constructed from 75% polyester and 25% cotton and comes in one size. A soft and safe mask, with an authentic look. Gold in color, the helmet is accented with silver “rivets” and trim, and a silver face cage, with a black air hose. Great for Halloween and other dress up fun.
Deep Sea Diver Men’s Costume
This costume comes in sizes medium, large, and extra large. Costume includes jumpsuit, helmet with attached tubing, belt, pair of gloves, and a pair of boot covers. Made from 100% polyester canvas fabric and 100% polyurethane foam and faux leather, the jumpsuit features a back zipper, with faux leather straps sewn to shoulders that attach to the belt with a hook and loop fastener. Helmet is made of a tan faux leather fabric, while jumpsuit is white with black accents.
Adult Yacht Captain Hat
Get your Captain Nemo costume on with this great adult yacht captain’s hat. Hat is made from white cotton and comes in a one size fits most. trim with a black band and has a black bill. Features an embroidered black and gold patch in the middle of the front, and is embellished with a gold colored rope accent. This is the perfect accessory for any nautical themed dress up occasion. May be ordered as a single hat or bargain priced for two identical hats.
Steampunk Captain Nemo
This video depicts a Captain Nemo deep sea diver costume that was created for wearing in a DragonCon competition. It comes complete with an “air tank” that actually has a working fan system to pump air into the costume to bring in fresh air and prevent carbon monoxide buildup while wearing the mask.
The entire costume took 724 hours to entirely complete and the costume weighs in a 65 pounds. While this is not a tutorial type video, it does show the details of the costume that will provide inspiration for you to come up with your own creative ideas on how to recreate this look. Cool Steampunk details include the compass on the side of the “air tank,” and a gold octopus embellishment on the front.
How To Make A Foam Deep Sea Diver’s Helmet by Lost Wax
This is a tutorial video on how to create an authentic looking deep sea diver’s helmet using an EVA floor mat or a camping mat, some hot glue, and a few other readily available items. There is a link available with the video where you can buy the pattern for this project.
Once you have purchased the pattern it is now time to print it out. This will take multiple sheets of paper which will need to be taped together. Cut out the pattern pieces then arrange and trace them on the mat. Proceed to cut the pieces out. The video goes on to show you hot to glue the seams of the flat pieces together to create a round diving helmet. Video takes you through a step-by-step process. After the mask is completed and assembled, you will then use a painting technique to really make this project look like a real vintage deep sea diving mask.