BY: Jonathan Urbina

     New Orleans is said to be the home of two things: good food and crazy style (at least, that is what it seems like from the outside). Yes, the food here is incredible—we know that—but is the style here really that crazy? For those of us who call New Orleans home, what we put on our backs isn’t exactly intended to be an outlandish sentiment. Our wardrobes reflect who we are and how we feel. if the outcome comes across a bit unstable then so be it. Let’s just say: if the phrase “you are what you eat” is true, then maybe the phrase “you are what you wear” has some validity.

     Now if you want to see how the people of The Big Easy really feel, then it’s about time you drop what you're doing and book your trip down south for carnival season—or as we know it, Mardi Gras. This is one of the times of the year when even tourists seem to embrace the culture of wig wearing and body glitter dotting. Think: RuPaul’s Drag Race where everyone in town is competing. If that idea doesn't tickle your fancy then include an absurd amount of alcohol, bedazzled floats and beads being thrown at your face (I promise, it’s not as jarring as you might think). For the most part, Mardi Gras style isn’t about dressing crazy to dress crazy. In fact, that has nothing to do with it at all. Instead it’s about taking that once-a-year opportunity to let your freak flag fly to new heights and fully express whatever it is that you want to express while wearing a sparkly outfit. Unless, of course, you're a local, then you most probably let your freak flag fly everyday and wore a sparkly outfit yesterday for brunch—if that’s the case then more power to ya!

- Jonathan Urbina


Photos taken by Chet Overal



Costume design and makeup by

cate swan creative