Updated: Jun 6
Origin: "Carnival in the Caribbean has a complicated origin. It's tied to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration. The festival originated with Italian Catholics in Europe, and it later spread to the French and Spanish, who brought the pre-Lenten tradition with them when they settled (and brought slaves to) Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, Martinique, and other Caribbean islands." - By ROBERT CURLEY and CHRISTOPHER CURLEY
Based on the theme, "ORIGINS: Birth of a Culture" These are the costumes for GENX 2022:
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COSTUME
Us girls know that choosing a costume is no easy work. We have to make sure the costume is wine and jam proof, the colour looks good on your complexion and you can envision the shoe and accessories to match. When deciding on which GenX costume suits you, you should take the following into consideration: the design, the colours, the feathers, how skimpy it is; and if you would feel comfortable in it. Picture (make a mood board even- carnival is extraness) makeup, jewellery, accessories and footwear.
We've got you covered with some behind the scenes footage with the girls dancing
So... Now that we've shown you how the costumes move, its time to make that deposit
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?
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JUNKANOO – POETRY IN MOTION
THE ORIGIN OF THIS FESTIVAL IS WIDELY DISPUTED; HOWEVER, ONE THEORY SUGGESTS THE FESTIVAL WAS NAMED AFTER AFRICAN FOLK HERO AND KING JOHN CANOE, WHO HELPED HIS PEOPLE DEFEAT EUROPEAN FORCES IN THE EARLY 1700s.
DESIGNED BY: DOUGLAS JOHN , PRESENTED BY: KRAVE THE BAND
TAMBOO BAMBOO - NATURAL NICENESS
TAMBOO BAMBOO IS A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT THAT WAS THE PRECURSOR TO THE STEEL PAN. ITS’ NAME IS DERIVED FROM THE FRENCH WORD FOR DRUM, TAMBOUR. TAMBOO BAMBOO IS STILL PLAYED IN TRINIDAD BY DEVOUT CARNIVAL MUSICIANS
DESIGNED BY: RHION ROMANY
DRAGONAIRES - AWAKEN THE SOUL OF THE DRAGON
IN HONOR OF THE GREAT MUSICIAN AND SOCA ICON BYRON LEE
DESIGNED BY: JESSICA CAMPBELL
MOKO JUMBIE - HEIGHTENED SENSATIONS
POPULAR IN TODAY'S CELEBRATIONS, MOKO JUMBIES ARE KNOWN AS STILT WALKERS AND DANCERS. THEIR LARGER-THAN-LIFE PERSONAS HAVE BEEN A STAPLE IN FESTIVALS THROUGHOUT THE CARIBBEAN AND CAN BE TRACED BACK TO AFRICA.
DESIGNED BY: SHAWN DHANRAJ
JAB JAB -DELIGHTFULLY DEVILISH
JAB JAB IS MORE THAN JUST A CARNIVAL CHARACTER, IT HAS BECOME A SYMBOL OF GRENADIAN CULTURE AND FREEDOM. IT IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH STRENGTH AND VIRILITY AND IS THE MAIN CHARACTER IN MANY LOCAL SONGS. DESIGNED BY: DAVID DEWAR
THE FIRE RISES
FLAMBEAUX OR THE LIGHT CARRIERS LIT THE NIGHT SKY DURING COLONIAL ERA CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS WHICH WERE PREDOMINANTLY NIGHT FESTIVALS
DESIGNED BY: DAVID DEWAR
CALINDA - FANTASTICALLY FIERCE CALINDA HAS ITS’ ROOTS IN AFRICAN STICK FIGHTING AND DRUMMING RITUALS CARRIED TO THE ISLANDS BY SLAVES, THE TRADITION HAS EVOLVED INTO A FORMALIZED ART AND COMPETITION DURING CARNIVAL SEASON
DESIGNED BY NATALIE FONROSE
KAISO - LET THE MUSIC PLAY
KAISO WAS BROUGHT TO TRINIDAD AND OTHER CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES BY ENSLAVED AFRICANS. SONGS WERE GENERALLY NARRATIVE AND OFTEN HAD CLEVERLY CONCEALED MESSAGES. THE ART FORM EVENTUALLY EVOLVED INTO CALYPSO.
DESIGNED BY: DESIGNING DARYL
KADOOMENT- SIMPLY SWEET
BARBADOS IS FAMOUS FOR ITS CROP OVER FESTIVAL AND TRADITIONALLY IT HAS BEEN A CELEBRATION TO COMMEMORATE THE END OF THE SUGAR CANE SEASON DATING BACK TO THE 17TH CENTURY.
DESIGNED BY: VIDA – BARBADOS
NOW THAT YOU'VE DECIDED ON A COSTUME WHAT NEXT?
It's time to secure your Carnival Makeup, hair and Photoshoot package from Carnival Glam Hub. All deposits are $20!! Book here: GENX Carnival Glam Hub Packages
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