Cos­tume Party

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Mov­ing from cabaret to car­ni­val, Jean Paul Gaultier has part­nered with lead­ing samba school

Grêmio Re­cre­ativo Es­cola de Samba Portela for the 2019 edi­tion of the Rio Car­ni­val in Brazil.

On March 4 at the city's Sam­badrome sta­dium, the school is to pa­rade seven floats themed around the story of the late Brazil­ian samba singer Clara Nunes.

All of the troupe's dancers will sport cos­tumes de­signed by the cou­turier, work­ing along­side iconic car­ni­val de­signer Rosa Ma­gal­hães, Portela's artis­tic di­rec­tor, and themed around the ea­gle, the school's sym­bol. The tra­di­tional car­ni­val cos­tume is based on a lav­ish plumed head­dress and heels.

Gaultier, who in Septem­ber opened his “Fash­ion Freak Show” re­vue at the Folies Bergère in Paris, trav­eled to Rio de Janeiro last month to visit Portela's hangar­like base in the city's north, meet with Ma­gal­hães and learn about the his­tory of the school. Founded in 1923, Portela is the big­gest ti­tle holder of the Rio Car­ni­val, hav­ing

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