King for a Day


Opening Reception: Saturday Feb 2, 6pm to 9pm, $5 suggested donation, music by DJ Ann Glaviano (HEATWAVE!)

Second Saturday Reception: Feb 10, 6-10pm

Featuring costumes by:
Alana Harris – New Orleans Creole Belle Baby Dolls
Laron Nelson – Opulent Designs Royalty costume creator for Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Inc., Krewe of Athena, Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
Scott Garrett – Leather mechanic and designer for The Lords of Leather, Krewe of Petronius, Krewe of Armeinius
Drew Ziegler – Luke Warm Dude Pumas Wearing Food Pants

King For A Day is an immersive installation and community event space that reveals how carnival costuming acts as a platform for social engagement across diverse communities in New Orleans. The installation space will showcase local costumes and hold workshops, panel discussions, and costume markets.
The exhibit seeks to highlight the costumes and cultures of groups that have historically been marginalized – people of color, queer people, women, and those with limited access to resources. Their creative concepts and visual representations push back against societal expectations. As the title suggests, King for a Day investigates how costuming allows people to become what they aspire to be– agents in their own visual and symbolic representation, celebrating self-expression and individuality. This installation will illustrate the accessibility and craftsmanship of costuming and the unique social imprint it has on New Orleans culture.

Curators: Lindsey Phillips & Zibby Jahns

Installation fabricators: Hannah Patterson, Ethan Kiermaier, Scott Garrett & Drew Ziegler

In Collaboration with RicRACK