About the Film

The exceptionally extraordinary emporium


The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium is a documentary film about the cherished tradition of costuming during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Members of the city’s colorful costuming community share their unique traditions while gathering at the epicenter of all things costuming - the family-owned fabric store, Jefferson Variety. The film follows characters as they buy materials, create their costumes, and prepare for the 2015 carnival season - giving a deeper look into the culture and significance of costuming in New Orleans.