Krewe des Fleurs is a NOLA-based costume and performance collective. When we’re not parading, we share creative and inspiring ideas from around the world on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
Each year, our members build larger than life costumes in the image of a different flower, designed as one blank prototype and brought to life through their own imagination and inspiration. Each chooses her own color and material palate to make her flower her own.
In our inaugural year, we paraded as the Gilded Lilies. Our second year, we hit the route as Radical Roses. 2017 brought out a familiar Louisiana flower, the Iris, chosen to pay homage to Krewe of Iris’s 100 year anniversary. In 2018, we upped our costume game with Orchids, each flower seen on the route was the product of each member’s imagination, hard work, and dedication to costumery.For 2019, we debuted our new varietal, the Bleeding Heart, on January 6, AKA: 12th Night or Epiphany. This design features an all new silhouette for Krewe des Fleurs that includes a multi-flower design on an asymmetrical vine!
2020 welcomes our largest palate yet in the Passion Flower. We’ve changed materials this year, but the overall feeling of the flowers stays consistent…. consistently awesome that is!
When we’re not in “full Fleur” you’ll see us around town in giant floral headdresses, designed and built by each member.
Our Commitment to Support Local Artists
In our first three years, we worked with Katherine Champagne (Sugarcane Costumes) to design and creates each magnificent flower. Katie then worked with each members to see her own version and vision realized. Today, Katie is focused on individual costume projects and other artistic ventures.
We began working with Dana Beuhler in the Spring of 2017. Dana is a veteran sculptor who has worked with the big dogs of carnival for more than a decade. A expert designer, Dana splits her creative time between movie sets and her studio in Broadmoor. Dana supports our green-MG values by utilizing a Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) paper vendor, Mac Papers (www.macpapers.com) and low VOC paints and other supplies.You can own one of Dana’s pro flowers! Check out her work at Miette- 2038 Magazine St.
Our 2020 flower was designed by Emily Stein, a NOLA-local visual artist and teacher. Emily introduced us to several new techniques and materials that encouraged members to embrace their creativity and imagination. The results are stunning. You can follow her instagram HERE to learn more about her work and contact her for direct commissions.