Mardi Gras costumes of all sorts can be found in shops along Magazine Street. Options range from recycled vintage outfits to shiny new ones, or a mix of the two, plus some custom-made options.
As Denise Lyons of Buffalo Exchange put it, “Carnival season is huge for Magazine Street.” Uptown residents can easily take advantage of many costume offerings within a 12-block stretch of Magazine.
Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes, at 4204 Magazine St., has a long history of combining vintage and newer pieces. Its mission includes both promoting costume creativity and preserving clothing to reduce waste and pollution in the fashion industry.
“We feel even more strongly about recycling clothes,” said owner Claudia Baumgarten. “Our goal is to provide an enjoyable experience for all different kinds of people and provide levity in a difficult world.”
Baumgarten said Carnival season is the highlight of the year in her shop; she loves hearing customers’ ideas on how to wear a vintage costume or incorporate vintage pieces into a costume.
A block away is the Uptown Costume & Dancewear in the distinctive orange building at 4326 Magazine St. Their slogan is: “Where it’s usual to find the unusual.”
This shop is floor-to-ceiling costumes along with wigs, shoes, makeup, tights, jewelry and other accessories to complete the look. During peak costuming seasons, expect a line to get in. Customers will find the windows decorated for each time of the year.
Costume made designs
Made-to-order options can be found in a