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Meet Marlon

Designed By Marlon Smart "DBMS" specializes in a fresh approach to decorating indoors or outdoors event spaces, carnival costumes and production. Known for seamlessly blending both worlds to create visually stunning costuming and cohesive 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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