Black History Month the school hosted a Fashion Show that encouraged students of African ancestry to share what inspires their style. There were so many beautiful costumes and decade inspired styles brought to the show. We decided to represent Trinidad and Tobago this year (our father's side). I made costumes inspired by Trinidad's colorful Carnival women...
All Caribbean carnivals originated from Trinidad and Tobago's first official present day-like event in 1833. Carnival celebrations happen all around the world. You can think of Carnival like Mardi Gras but possibly bigger. You can read more about the history of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival here. I tried to capture the colorfulness, the playfulness, and the textures of the event through the girls' costumes.
Here's a quick video of the entire thing...
I think my models were very happy with the end result. Honestly that's all that matters. They walked for 30 seconds but this was time well spent. I learned that I could take on a project of this magnitude and that if I put my mind to it, I can actually do cool, crafty things, even though I don't consider myself particularly artsy fartsy. Would I do it again... ABSOLUTELY!
It's really important to provide "organic" experiences by taking your child places that will stimulate their 5 senses.