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Mobile Carnival Museum
Mobile, Alabama, USA

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2009 Queen's Court Costume
Queen Louise Vass McClelland
Mobile Carnival Association

  • Gown Description:
    "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 gown weighs 36 lbs. including the collar.

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


    tags: Mardi Gras costumes, Mardi Gras Queens Kings, Mobile Carnival Museum, 2009 MCA King, Carnival costumes, Mardi Gras ball court costumes, Louise Vass McClelland

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