For Carnival fashionistas and costume lovers, the name Laura Narayansingh probably isn’t new to you. The 25-year-old has built quite a name for herself over the last few years, mostly due to Carnival. The architect-slash-designer has become synonymous with carnival itself: first by designing sections in Fantasy, then Hart’s, and even now as she gears up for her first carnival with Bliss. But her name is more than just a name, it’s her brand. Laura’s Monday Wear collections over the last few years have sold out instantly and glittered the streets of Port of Spain for those two days, and she’s ready to take it to a whole other level: the rest of the year.
What? You might be thinking. It’s a totally normal reaction – and truthfully mine, too, when I heard of the idea of using Monday Wear year-round, but like everything Laura does, her newest release Anyday Wear, was executed perfectly. But before we can understand what this collection is truly about, we have to start at the very beginning: Carnival 2015, and Laura’s first section for Fantasy Carnival.
Alongside her cousin Kathryn Inniss, Laura’s introduction to the costume design world was an unforgettable one – though she certainly would change many things about her first design, Fantasy’s Midnight in Paris now that she’s learned a few more things. While she had just returned home from 5 years studying Architecture (and a minor in Art) at the University of Miami, this wasn’t Laura’s first foray into designing costumes – though it’s not in the way that you think.
“I’ve always designed costumes in a way,” Laura explained. “I entered a costume design competition when I was in Maria Regina.”
The NALIS competition required her to design a costume for a Barbie doll – which Laura took very seriously. She had a big box under her bed full of old costumes from friends and family that she’d take apart and make her own creations. She won the competition in primary school, and the Laura we know today was born. So after wanting to design costumes for a while, and finally getting the opportunity when she returned home, she was definitely in for an awakening.
“The process is very intense,” she added. “It’s much more intense than putting a costume together from a box under your bed. It’s not like that”
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