Friday, 28 August 2015

Friday 28th August: Notting Hill Carnival Mas Camp behind the scenes - Wassiville & Mardi Gras

In the lead up to Notting Hill Carnival I am cycling around town visiting some of the Mas Camps to document the work in progress of the costumes coming together.  Here is the work of a mother and daughter operation who share a studio and run two different labels making pieces for other bands who need expertise in putting together their looks.  Here the pastel colour components are by Wassiville / Sophia Joseph who also happens to be Miss Trinidad & Tobago UK 2014!  She fell in love with the art as a child when she visited Trinidad Carnival and knew that's what she wanted to do with the rest of her life!  She initially learnt from her mother who has a line "Mardi Gras" (primary multicolour pieces above) and went on to study at London College of Fashion.  She's now set up her own business which takes its name from the Trinidad term "Wassy" which means in a wild and flamboyant style.  Its a family affair with their grand mother visiting from Trinidad to help with finishing the final touches which will be worn by "Release D Riddim".  I'll be at Carnival to capture the parade on both Sunday and Monday to document all the finery from the front line ..................   

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