A young mermaid’s love for a human prince leads her to make a drastic decision. She visits a terrifying sea witch, who offers to transform the mermaid’s tail into legs—but at a steep price. When the mermaid is unable to win the prince’s hand in marriage, she dissolves into sea foam.
The fantasy of the mermaid is inspiring to many designers. Speaking about their spring 2015 collection, designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte said, “Mermaids poignantly remind us of all the great mysteries of the ocean, all of its beauty and melancholy…[they] poetically capture the spirit of the sea.”