The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium: An Interview with Lindsey Phillips

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium: An Interview with Lindsey Phillips

"It’s that time of year in New Orleans, when the revelers of Carnival season are putting the finishing touches on their costumes. Filmmaker Lindsey Phillips has been busy as well, working on her first short documentary film: The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium."

Entries at New Orleans Film Festival focus on glitz of Mardi Gras, culture of costuming

Entries at New Orleans Film Festival focus on glitz of Mardi Gras, culture of costuming

A bustier corset hand-stitched from sequined appliques. A jeweled, feathered headdress. A toilet plunger embellished with chunky glitter, beads and plastic baby dolls.

Folks in other cities would likely be hard-pressed to find such items anywhere, much less in the back of their closets. But every year in New Orleans, they become part of the landscape, as residents drop everything to sew fantastical costumes, brush up on their arts and crafts, and coat the city in an explosion of sparkle and plumes.

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An "instant classic".