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2009 King Felix III and Queen's Court Costumes
Thomas Forress Rayford Jr. and Louise Vass McClelland
Mobile Carnival Association

Costumes Descriptions:

  • King Felix III's Costume:
    "The king's pleated crimson overcoat, which mimics a kilt, has pouf sleeves of embroidered gold silk gazaar overlaid with gold sequined fabric. The rabbit fur sporran is embellished with pheasant feathers, as are his shoes. A fox pelt that belonged to his great aunt will drape across his shoulders and is reminiscent of the movie 'Braveheart.'

    The crown, designed and made by Tommy and Tanya Cain of Dynasty Collection in Mobile, is of a Scottish design. The base is layered with dimensional gold swirls and encrusted with Swarovski crystals imported from Austria. Above the base are European gold filigree pieces featuring a shield that is centered with an emerald-cut ruby stone. Resting above those are gold filigree alternating lion heads and Old World crowns. The lions' eyes are tiny Tiffany crystals. The crown is finished in 14-karat gold.

    Scepter was his uncle, Marion Strickler Adams III, served as King Felix III in 1987."

    Source: Mobile Press Register article by Rhonda A. Pickett.
  • Queen Louise Gown:
    "The duo [Mother and Queen] started with several trips to the Mobile Carnival Museum on Government Street for inspiration. 'I came to the museum first because I knew (the dresses) were very elaborate and fancy, but I wanted to know how I could make mine different,' the queen said. In the end, she decided on a style popular among the royalty of 18th-century France.

    The original gown, designed by the queen and created by Leverne Johnson, is constructed principally of butter silk shantung and features a princess-style bodice embellished with lace, antique gold leaves, Austrian crystals, rhinestones and pearls. The gown's lace overlay is also covered in sequins, glass beads and Austrian crystals. At the waist, the shantung gathers into a flower bouquet that's enhanced by antique earrings from her paternal grandmother. Louise Vass McClelland said a lot of work went into designing the dress, with many trips to the seamstress and the museum to make sure it turned out just right, but it was worth it.

    The queen's gown weighs 36 lbs. including the collar."

    Source: Mobile Press Register article by Paul Cloos.
  • Photo was taken at the Mobile Carnival Museum.

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