Piranha 3D, Parasailing Girl (Gianna Michaels) Screen-Worn Bikini

original movie costume

"Piranha hunt in packs - not for protection, but for overwhelming force. They're organized, methodical. The first bite draws blood. The blood draws the pack."



Elisabeth Shue - Sheriff Julie Forester

Steven R. McQueen - Jake Forester

Adam Scott - Novak

Jerry O'Connell - Derrick Jones

Jessica Szohr - Kelly

Kelly Brook - Danni

Riley Steele - Crystal

Ving Rhames - Deputy Fallon

Dina Meyer - Paula

Christopher Lloyd - Carl Goodman


  Released on August 20th, 2010, 'PIRANHA 3D' is an American horror-comedy that is loosely based upon the 1978, Joe Dante cult-classic, 'PIRANHA'. Incidentally, Joe Dante would make a cameo in the new project. 

  Produced on a budget of $24 million the film would eventually gross $83.1 million worldwide with a mostly positive reception.


  The film follows a basic A-Z premise:


   Every year, the sleepy population of 'Lake Victoria', explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 party goers celebrating Spring Break.

  But when an earth tremor cracks open the waste-strewn Lake Floor of beer bottles and party by-gones, the riotous annual party of drunken-fun and sex-crazed mayhem finds itself under attack... 

  Trapped for over 2 million years, the tremor has released packs of ravenous razor-toothed piranhas.

  Can the local sheriff and some unlikely heroes  save the human masses from an impending attack from the prehistoric underwater masses... 


  Written by Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger, directing duties were originally handed to Chuck Russell (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3) before, Alexandre Aja.


  Production was scheduled to begin in late 2008 but was delayed until March 2009.

  Explaining the reasons behind the delay, Aja would state, "It's such a difficult movie, not only because of the technicality of it and the CGI fish, but also because it all happens in a lake. We were supposed to start shooting now, but the longer we leave it the colder the water gets. The movie takes place during Spring Break and, of course, the studio wanted it ready for the summer, but if you've got 1,000 people who need to get murdered in the water, you have to wait for the right temperature for the water, for the weather, for everything."


  To create the gory attack sequences, Gregory Nicotero and Howard Berger of 'KNB FX' were enlisted to showcase their creative and technical abilities using traditional approaches and hybrid techniques that blended special make-up effects with CGI.

  Where the titular creatures were predominantly realised with CGI, the result of their bloody carnage was largely created using special make-up effects and human analogs.

  The bloody set piece in the final act of the movie involved hundreds of actors and stunt performers that sees dozens of make-up effects gags of varying complexity and brutality (Greg Nicotero himself appears as someone carrying a half-eaten torso to shore).

  One of the most memorable and disgusting gags has two men carrying an injured women out of the water only for her to break in half at the waist; the effect was accomplished using a practical/CGI hybrid approach that involved digitally painting out the actress’ actual bottom half that could not be disguised or hidden during principal photography.

  In a darkly humorous scene, Derrick (the porn producer) is pulled from the water alive with his legs eaten to the bone sans penis; in context Derrick’s hostile and misogynistic actions prior to this scene are met with an excessive measure of comeuppance that the audience calls for when he is attacked.


   Conceived as a 3D directing project, constraints in using the 3D camera rigs on location resulted in 'PIRANHA 3D' being shot in 2D.

  The 3D conversion was completed in post-production using a process developed by Michael Roderick and used by the company, Inner-D.



  This is the Ed Hardy Swarvoski-studded bikini worn by world-famous adult star, Gianna Michaels in her portrayal of a very unfortunate victim. 

  The actress wears this skimpy bikini during the scene where her bikini top memorably slips down as she skims across the surface of the lake whilst parasailing. Attacked by the ravenous piranha, her lifeless body lifts back up into the air exposing her gory demise.  


  The bikini displays wear from use which include pulled and stretched stitching along the seams of the bikini bottoms. 

  An instantly recognisable costume from another great attack sequence.

costume: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: costumes/wardrobe
celebrity: Gianna Michaels (1)
movie: Piranha 3D (2010)
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