Monday, February 27, 2006

Blue Tarps And Refrigerator Boxes Make Mardi Gras Costume Couture

NEW ORLEANS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hurricane Katrina is having an impact on this year’s costuming at Mardi Gras.

According to the curator of Costumes and Textiles at Louisiana State Museum, the blue plastic tarps tacked to storm-ravaged roofs in New Orleans have been incorporated into costumes this year.

Wayne Phillips says the plastic textile is malleable and can be made into dresses, head pieces and wigs, and that’s exactly what people are doing.

He says he’s seen elaborate Marie Antoinette costumes and a 1940s Christian Dior knock-off dress made from the plastic stuff.

That’s not the only trashy trend.

Phillips says because everyone had to replace their refrigerators after the clean up of the storm, and because the city is overrun with the cardboard boxes, many people are going to parades wearing the crates with holes cut out for their head and arms.

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