Going to the big box hardware store to see how PVC would work as the 4 cross beams to reduce the weight. We're going to try making the skirt frame and see how much it weighs, maybe the actor can wear it without the structure underneath.
Bough 17 yards of upholstery webbing for the straps. At 98 cents a yard it's the cheapest, widest and most durable thing to use. It's made of jute. Hopefully there won't be an issue with the red stripe in it.