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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Oracle.. do you believe the hype?

Ever since the first designs from Oracle have been released the debutante band has been creating quite a stir among potential masqueraders and masqueraders, even those who had already selected a costume in other bands.

The one skepticism being bandied about is if the actual costume prototypes can live up to the fantastic sketches we have seen thus far. Well, judging from these photos that were taken inside the design studio the interpretation of costume from sketch to actuality looks pretty darn close!


The foot pieces are pictured incomplete
and were added on as is for the photo:


The mask that will form
part of the backpack


Work on the skirt in progress

Now, I am even more excited to see the rest of the costumes, the real deal, and these "preview" photos should put all doubts that the costumes will not live up to the hype to rest. For those of you on Facebook the Oracle group also has more behind the scenes photos as well as a very stirring video presentation on Gnothi Seauton.

Legacy ...first look

"Passages - A Journey Through the Motherland" is Legacy's 2008 Carnival offering and costumes were revealed last night at the Anchorage. There were 19 sections shown, however I only got the names of a few as there was no way to retain the names of the various sections without having some form of literature.

Unfortunately, up to the time I left patrons were not presented with a booklet or calenders as is the norm at band launchigns these days. Nevertheless, I do have the name of the section which is my personal favourite and that one is called "Shaka". I also like "Ashanti Gold" and I have a pricing for "Kingdom of Kush"; female $2199.00, male $1999.00 all-inclusive. Prices are not bad at all. Overall I think the costumes look good, though some do not translate the theme as well as others; this is surely not traditional African mas as we have come to know it over the years.

Look out for my full review of the Launch as well as more photos added to my album on photobucket:

The White Nile

Smeliki Forest

Luo Dancers

Ashanti Gold

Reefs of Hurgada

Okavango Oasis

Royal City of Meroe

Saharan Sunset

Kingdom of Kush

The Cashbah

Masai Warrior


Moroccan Dancers

Lake Turkana

Serengeti Safari

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