Trinidadian architect Tara Keens Douglas presented a series of carnival costumes made from folded paper as part of her masters thesis entitled Ecstatic Spaces.
The focus in her thesis studied the relationship of Trinadad’s carnival festival to personal architecture and spaces. The costumes are referred to as four operations of appropriation, exaggeration, submersion and sublimation. Keens Douglas says the costumes are “ephemeral architecture”, adding: “They temporally distort the true nature of the body.”
“The chaos of parade, music, and dance fuses the body with the costume, transforming the individual, freeing him from inhibitions. The fusion of body and Carnival costume tells the untold story of the masquerader. The architecture of costume serves its wearers. Its significance lies in its affirmation of identity, while accommodating an emotional and sensuous experience.” — Dezeen