The work of Carnival costume designers Helen Clark Warren (1895-1973) and John C. Scheffler (1939-2012) is on display through Dec. 4, 2016, at the Louisiana State Museum in the Presbytère, 751 Chartres St., New Orleans. Dozens of their watercolor sketches are included in the exhibit, “From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: Two Carnival Artists in New York.”
Warren, a Massachusetts native, designed elaborate costumes for kings, queens and captains of various New Orleans krewes from the 1930s to the 1950s while maintaining a thriving fashion design career in New York City. Native New Orleanian John Scheffler gave up a career in architecture in the mid-1960s to work in New York as a theater set and costume designer. On the side, he designed costumes for Mardi Gras krewes. Scheffler’s work has never before been exhibited publicly in New Orleans.
The opening event for the exhibit on March 21 doubled as the opening gala for New Orleans Fashion Week and served as a tribute to the art of costume design.