Designing costumes for carnival Mas bands
About carnival Mas Bands
Mas bands are an essential part of carnival. They make exotic costumes and prepare dances around a theme. The three videos feature the Mahogany Mas Band who are a regular contributor to the Notting Hill Carnival established in 1989; the Genesis Mas Band, who have participated in the Notting Hill Carnival for over 28 years and the Dragons Mas Band whose theme in 2001 was Bacchanal.
Mahogany Mas Band
Some of the designs which we're using on the street originate from the show and it's something we've been trying to do: create a link between the carnival and the stage.
Genesis Mas Band
In Genesis we all do our own thing. We make costumes, we organise. Sew and wire. We do fibreglass, as you see what we're doing. The art of carnival is like what you see me doing here; getting things in my head and expressing it on these different costumes. Just ideas get to my head and I started. I already knew what I wanted to do and I decide to put other things onto my original design and that's the end product. My son is going to wear that, he's playing the king. The name of the theme that we're playing this year is millennium fireworks. The king actually is demonstrating how fireworks is done for the year 2001.
Dragons Mas Band
She's called Burnt. She's a butterfly who flew too close to the flames of love and got one side of her wings scorched. And behind is her pursuer, the one who caused all the trouble.