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At "Designed By Marlon Smart" (DBMS), we are dedicated to infusing innovative style into both indoor and outdoor event spaces, along with creating dazzling carnival costumes and productions. We are recognized for our unique talent in harmonizing these distinct areas, resulting in eye-catching costumes and harmoniously designed spaces.

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West Indian American Day Parade Comes Together One Costume at a Time

The band Ramajay Mas (ramajay, a Trinidadian folk word, loosely translates as “to show off”) worked with four designers on nine costumes for their theme, “Nirvana: Freedom of Self.”

But the time it takes for costumes to come together can vary. 

“My whole idea was something angelic but not literally an angel, so I didn’t want to have wings on the back,” said Marlon Smart, designer of the “Heaven” costume, which took three weeks from sketch to completion.


The masqueraders, who are accompanied by a D.J. or music artist who performs on a truck, are divided into sections and assembled in a specific order to tell the theme.

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Feathers and Female Power: The Costumes of Carnival

A vibrant, skimpy ensemble worn at the Caribbean is so much more than a visual delight: "It's a celebration of women's glory in themselves."


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