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Costumes Shops...

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

You kinda gotta least we did! The town is always dressed in costume, and really anything goes.

In preparation for Mardi Gras, my girl Annie and I tooled around Nola to get parts and pieces for our costumes. Some spends months, years, making their costumes. We rooted around the city to find spots with pieces and parts!

LOVE SHE COMES IN PEACE, in the Bywater!

Fifi Mahoney's in Bywater is great for sunglasses, unique smaller pieces, jewelry, and has a good selection of high quality wigs. Their flagship store in the Quarter has a bigger selection of it all. So much eye candy - you'll have a blast shopping here. They also do custom wigs - order in advance and cruise around their Insta for inspiration. Vintage Voyage is in Marigny, She Comes in Peace in Bywater. The latter is a couple blocks from Mabel and is all new gear. Space-age-y, great body glitter selection, funky space-inspired jewelry, great party hats for men and women, leggings, fortified jackets, faux fur. Super fun! The former, Vintage Voyage, is a stellar affordable vintage store. Great place to get parts and pieces for the base of your costume.

Century Girl on Magazine St. is over the top. It's more vintage luxe than costume, but if you're looking for something special for an occasion that calls for pizzazz, this is your spot. Fair warning, only bring as much as you should spend or you'll probably blow your budget here! It's so pretty.

Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing & Costumes is a great place to find a base for your get-up or to get inspiration. There are diamonds in her rough. Uptown

For those wanting to glue gun or sew their way to glory, there are a few Party City/s around and Broadway Bound Costumes has great loose costume supplies (in addition to lots of full throttle costume pieces!).

There are so many more that I haven't listed here, so make a couple days out of it and go explore! You can also hire an artist to design and make your costume, or one or the other. This is a great way to support local artists while getting a spectacular costume out of the deal. Double whammy and good karma comin' atcha.

The incredible costume culture is one of my favorite things that make New Orleans so unique. Congrats on accepting your burning desire to live your alter egos through costuming. I am slowly crossing that bridge and boy does it feel liberating! Have fun!



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