Event shares tips on creating vibrant and flamboyant carnival costumes – The Royal Gazette

Updated: June 14, 2022 08:23

La Modiste: Local designers showcased their art and craftsmanship in carnival costumes at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Pictured is Kay Joell in a costume designed by Raffine Whaley (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Local fashion designers shared techniques on how to create vibrant and flamboyant carnival costumes at a recent one-day event.

The Milliner, which took place at the Bermuda Society of Arts on Wednesday, featured lectures and exhibits by Barbie Paynter, James Lee and Raffine Whaley ahead of Carnival In Bermuda, which is due to take place June 17-20.

Rochelle Minors, BSoA board member and owner of fashion company Rochelle Nicole, came up with the idea for the event as a way to showcase local talent.

Ms Minors said: ‘The designers showcased costumes they have made and shared their journey with costume design and the techniques they have used – it was a show and a story to promote local artisans in the community.

“Not many people know that there are Bermudians making the costumes. Most people bring their carnival costumes from international designers.

Ms. Paynter’s costumes will be worn by local carnival group Nova Mas and she is currently working on up to 60 costumes.

La Modiste: Local designers showcased their art and craftsmanship in carnival costumes at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Pictured is Lae McKenzie wearing a suit designed by James Lee (photograph by Akil Simmons)

La Modiste: Local designers showcased their art and craftsmanship in carnival costumes at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Pictured left are model Kay Joell, costume designer Raffine Whaley and model Ed Daniels (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

La Modiste: Local designers showcased their art and craftsmanship in carnival costumes at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Pictured are model Kay Joell, left, and costume designer Raffine Whaley (photograph by Akil Simmons)

La Modiste: Local designers showcased their art and craftsmanship in carnival costumes at the Bermuda Society of Arts. Pictured are Kay Joell, left, and Ed Daniels. costumes designed by Raffine Whaley (Photography by Akil Simmons)