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LEWD Float 2018

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I got to design another float for Krewe du Vieux! This was my second year serving as creative director for LEWD, a subkrewe of very talented perverts. With a tight 7 week schedule we deconstruct the former float, make structural renovations, design a concept with costumes and throws, and build the damn thing. The three hour parade is one the highlights of my year and the entire process is truly a dream come true.

This year we are celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans! The theme of the parade was Bienville’s Wet Dream (satirizing our city’s founder Jean-Baptise Bienville). LEWD’s take on it was “300 Years Cums Quick” and referenced our endemic flooding with a torrential swamp mutant entertaining our tattooed pater on a bucking catfish. Surrounded by springy light up penises!

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The forecast called for catastrophic rain, and the city was smothered with terrifying lighting that whole afternoon. Luckily the power didn’t go out as I was furiously hot-gluing last minute costume accessories in my studio. It was pouring as we drove towards the French Quarter, but by the time I finished my facepaint the skies were clear! It was a truly divine night and so artistically satisfying.

IMG_8742 IMG_8739Our faithful photographic friend Gus captured these shots above from the route and were published on Where Y’at.

I was even interviewed on the local news while in my parade costume! (at 1:23)

I also got lots of behind-the-scenes-in-process shots! You can see some of the float building process, and also the fun we have creating with each other.

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LEWD 2018, made by Julianne Lagniappe

LEWD 2018, made by Julianne Lagniappe

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LEWD 2018, made by Julianne Lagniappe

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CAMEL TOE

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I love a client who keeps requesting sparkly nipples and prominent crotches on her costumes. It’s funny, gets a great reaction, and I have a great time making it. Lady LEWD has expanded her wardrobe of sparkly nude suits! For Krewe du Vieux 2017 she’s a Mardi Gras disco humpin’ Camel Toe!

Camel ToeHer boobs, butt hump, and crotch are stuffed with polyfill, and I used sequin fabric for a disco ball effect on the humps. The bodysuit has a snap crotch and is worn over leggings. I also made a set of over-the-knee legwarmers out of purple faux fur but it turned out to be quite a warm evening.

The tail is made from lycra and gold float fringe and is pinned onto the hump.

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The camel toe concept was Panika’s idea, and she handed out Camel Toe buttons. She styled the wig and did her own makeup as well!

Camel Toe sketch

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GOLDEN GOD OF MARDI GRAS

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I guess I’m still recovering from Mardi Gras, or maybe it never ended this year. Golden God of Krewe du LEWD, made by Julianne

One of the key players in my 2016 Mardi Gras work was LEWD co-captain Drew. Not only did he help me connect with the Krewe, he also ordered his own custom costume. He was smitten by Malcolm McDowell’s fresh little outfit, and I knew I could up the ante Mardi Gras style.

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Drew’s costume consisted of the gold shirt and pant layers, gold tunic, snap-on silver cape, sword skirt, and the laurel wreath made from fleur de lis. Quite a kit! I try to make each piece interchangeable, so that instead of being a particular costume, it’s part of an overall costume wardrobe. Cause we like to party, and the party is always weirder when there are costumes!

Golden God of Krewe du LEWD, made by Julianne

Complimentary and independent couple costume (see shots of Lady LEWD here). I’ve had so much fun with this gang since Mardi Gras!

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My favorite part of this costume was the sword skirt. I glued Mardi Gras beads onto felt-backed glitter foam, and the proportions and placement makes me laugh every time.

Check out more LEWD photos on Where Y’at!

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