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  Wingate Joneswingate@sccnola.com
For over 25-years, costume supervisor/designer Wingate Jones has followed in the tradition of his father, John Golden – former president of Western Costume Company in Los Angeles, California. As owner of Southern Costume Company, Wingate has managed to create a true Hollywood-style costuming department in the Central Business District (CBD) of New Orleans.

As a child, no one was quite sure what would become of Wingate, such were his ways. At the age of fifteen, he took his first summer job at his father’s place of employ, Western Costume Company in Los Angeles, California where he learned the fine art of dusting boxes. In his freshman year of college, and for several subsequent summers, Wingate studied the arts in Florence, Italy prior to joining the United States Marine Corps. In 1980, Wingate secured a position in the Wardrobe Department at Universal Studios where he continued to work for a number of years as a costumer on such shows like, “Magnum, P.I.”, “BJ & the Bear”, “Simon & Simon”. It was this experience that led to work on many feature films and television projects over the course of the next twenty years including, “Top Gun”, “Ferris Buellers Day Off” and many more. Wingate moved to New Orleans in 1997, retired from the film industry in 2000, retrained as an IT Guy and worked for ten years in a corporate environment always harboring a desire to bring the artistry and expertise of the Los Angeles costume world to the south. In 2010 and after careful planning, Wingate’s concept was realized through the opening of Southern Costume Company – the only “Hollywood Style”costume house in Louisiana.


Jenny Campbell - Jenny hails from Baltimore, MD. After an extensive career in Baltimore museums, The Walters Art Museum & The American Visionary Art Museum, she made a career with her artwork. With numerous local and national exhibits, and an accessioned piece in the Maryland Historical Society, she narrowed her focus to the local art of Baltimore Screen Painting.
In that field, she became well known and respected for taking screen painting to a higher art level. Jenny did this with the quality of her work and her one of a kind wearable art pieces that combined painted screens with couture fashions created entirely by her.
This led to an interest in costuming. Starting out with costumes for a small group entry in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Years later with larger groups, more elaborate costumes, a few wins in this international art parade, and the creation of numerous costumed themed charity events, she decided to make the move to New Orleans to continue in the field of costume making. 

Clara Diaz, born in Belic, Cuba. Grew up in this great town called New Orleans. Studied at the University of New Orleans majoring in Fine Art-Sculpture with a minor in Spanish and Urban Studies. Clara's art has been exhibited throughout various gallery and also New Orleans museum of arts. I grew up around costumes, festivals and art.
 
Clara has worked as an independent costume designer and has constructed costumes for a number of community leaders  and private parties, and designed one of a kind costumes for private individuals.
 
Clara has wide ranging experience and can design any type of costume using her exacting eye for detail and research. Her attention to fine detail and abilities are flawless.


Micah Davis-Wheeler – developed his interest in costuming while studying performance art at The San Francisco Art Institute. His recent work has expanded to include multimedia installations and set design. At Southern Costume Co. he has engaged his interest in science fiction costumes, men’s dress wear from many time periods and antique military gear. In his designs, he enjoys the interplay between the extravagant and the utilitarian, the traditional and the imaginary.

Mario J Urpi aka "Dino"
Dino is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Costa Rica, where his value about the inter-connectivity within all life forms was shaped. This sense of expansion to the unknown brought him to places such as the Osa Peninsula rainforest, Brazil, Europe, the Argentinean Patagonia and numerous transformational festivals around North America, including Burning Man and Mardi Gras. Dino graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking. In 2011 he spent a semester abroad at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design to further integrate his practice in textile arts, sound, flexible materials and performance. Dino now resides in New Orleans, and spends his time working as a costumer at Southern Costume Company, being a member of the New Orleans Community Printshop, co-creating fashion photo shoots and performances with the Everything Collective and making costumes as a way to overturn the mundane with his project Astral Glamour. 











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