Costume Project Complete!!!!!
- I have completed my project of the Mardi Gras costumes at the Mobile
Carnival Museum, Mobile, Alabama. About 98% of their exhibited costumes
are on this area:
There are 201costume photos each with their webpage and six index pages.
The images are high resolution so that you can view the details. When you
zoom in on the photos it takes a few seconds for the image to focus.the
photos are very large. Make sure to look at the robe's trains closely.
Each one reflects their owner's personality, hobbies, family history, etc.
Needless to say, each costume is different and cost thousands of dollars to
have designed and executed. The craftsmanship is stunning. Most of the
robe trains are about 18 ft. long. Please make sure to look at two photos
that I am thrilled that it turned out so good. They are of the back of a
tm (dead ahead view)
tm (a view from the floor looking upward)
My goal now is to find newspaper articles about the King & Queen
costumes.this was published each year in the local newspaper. I leave
Tuesday to spend two weeks at Mardi Gras from New Orleans to Mobile,
Alabama. I hope to have some time the second week to do some research. I
also plan to go back to the museum for some additional photos and fact
finding. What I don't find on this trip, I will be back in Mobile for
three weeks in late May-early June. My youngest son is getting married in
Mobile at the time.
Last year, I tried to make it to Mobile for Joe Cain Day and go to his mock
funeral with his Merry Widows. I wanted to film and photograph the event.
My airplane got snowed in and arrived the day after the event. This year, I
am leaving five days prior to make sure that I am there on time. Joe Cain
is a very important person in the history of Mardi Gras. The holiday was
stopped during the Civil War. In 1866 Joe Cain came out into the streets of
Mobile parading in his Mardi Gras costume. This event started Mardi Gras
parades back to rolling. More info:
I have an extremely busy schedule until March 9th. March 3rd, I go to
Loyola University in New Orleans to meet up with their Library services
director and costume design professor. This university is a group
subscribers to our online Library and I am going to be a guest speaker for
the costume history class. Also catdhing some N.O. parades that day.
March 4-6th I am at Mobile for MG parades. March 7-9th we are off to New
Orleans for MG parades. I will have a film and photography crew with me in
a suite on Canal St. All parades pass our hotel. We are especially
thrilled to photograph the Zulu parade.
I have wanted since childhood to document Mardi Gras costume history. The
dream is finally coming true. Happy Mardi Gras everyone! I hope you find
the joy in the costume that I do.
Penny Ladnier, owner
The Costume Gallery Websites
15 websites of fashion, costume, and textile history
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