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I think I made 11 costumes for Krewe du Vieux this year, but I guess these two looks would count as twins. They were made for a couple with a lot of complimentary material swapping between the garments. Though fine city folk now, these two are originally from swampier lands and called themselves the Lost Bayou Ravers (a play on local band Lost Bayou Ramblers).

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His costume consisted of a long sleeve undershirt made of laser-cut spandex over green micro mesh; a wide-mesh tank top; LED headpiece; goggles made from plastic bottles; the JNCO-inspired sequin pants with cargo pockets and light-up suspenders; and sequin manties worn underneath.

Her costume was a snap-crotch bodysuit made from mesh and foil spandex with built-in bra; a hood covered in beaded appliques, ruffles, and EL wire; wide-mesh tights; aqua metallic leggings; a glitter vinyl fanny pack with plastic fish in a bowl; and leg warmers made from crawfish sacks. Whew!

Most of the costumes I make aren’t quite as involved as these, so I appreciate the opportunity to really explore an aesthetic through fabulous details and flashy accessories. Almost all of the fabrics and appliques came from Jefferson Variety.

Lost Bayou Ravers, made by JulianneGus got lots of great action shots of these two! They totally embodied their characters and brought the costumes to life, and people later told me that they really stood out in the crowd of paraders.

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They are such fabulous freaks and I love parading with them! (That’s me on the right!)

Lost Bayou Ravers, made by Julianne


LEWD Float 2018


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!


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




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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