NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Southern Costume Company on Lafayette St. in downtown New Orleans is the largest costume house in the Crescent City. Anything is possible when it comes to creating a character.
Wingate Jones moved to New Orleans from Los Angeles, CA. This business is in his blood.
"My father was president of Western Costume Company in Los Angles, which was the largest costume house in the world. He was president for 40 years, and I grew up to be a costumer and did motion picture and television work," said Jones.
When movie production companies come to New Orleans for a film shoot, they turn to Southern Costume Company to dress characters.
While working with the film industry is a big part of Southern Costume Company's business, people also swing by for costumes to use for Halloween or special events. It's all about fantasy, and Jones loves seeing the reaction from people who are taken to a different time or place.
"As soon as they put the clothes on and get their accessories on, they'll stand in front of a mirror and say, 'Look, I am King Charles.' It's pretty cool. It's what we call the magic," Jones said.
Right now, Southern Costume Company is in its Super Bowl season. It's time for Mardi Gras in the Big Easy and carnival spells big business.
"We're getting a lot of krewes, kings and queens, maids and dukes coming in. All of those costumes are fun to make and design," said costume maker Tallie Currier.
It's a magical world of make believe where costumes transform people into whatever they want to be at Southern Costume Company in New Orleans.