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The Mistress of Millinery, Elizabeth Zibilich, can help you with all of your needs, wants, and desires when it comes to costuming and headpieces. Being from New Orleans, she knows it’s crucial for you to look your best not only at Krewe de Vieux but all the way to Fat Tuesday.
Elizabeth states that there are rules to costuming. They are as followed:
- You must be able to talk in your costume
- You must be able to drink your drink while in costume
- You must be able to use the restroom in your costume
- You must be walk and dance in your costume
Want to make sure you don’t commit these cardinal sins? Then contact Ms. Zibilich today to get started on your Mardi Gras ensemble.
1. Tell me about your work.
I am a milliner, a headpiece maker, and a costume designer. We are a costuming town, so we tend to be more extravagant with our hats and headpieces. I make everything from small fascinators to giant back pieces.
2. How long have you been in business?
I have been making costumes and hats for the last 20 years, but I started doing it for a living 2 years ago. I was working towards being a full-time milliner when I was hit by a truck. That changed my life immensely and certainly furthered that desire to create more things. That accident was such a huge part of my life and pushed me more into this.
3. How do people find you online?
4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
That I am here! People are trepidatious about having a costume made because they think it will cost a lot. I mean, it definitely can cost more, but it depends on what you’re looking for. It’s important to have one nice costume piece. Budgets can be worked with. Also, your costume doesn’t have to be one and done. Each year we can add to it or change it.
5. Lagniappe Info.
I have taken lessons in fur millinery, which is rare for a lot of hat makers.
On January 6th, at the LA State Museum, I am hosting a tour of costumes and textiles with the curator Wayne Phillips. There will be king cake and a teaching workshop as well with the history of masks and the decorating of masks. (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is sold out! Beg for a ticket online!)
Even if you just have an idea for a costume, I can help bring your vision to life. Offering ideas to go along with what you’re thinking and adding some lagniappe to your pieces are things I can assist with too.
For the hats that I make – some people want a little something for a wedding and then I go as far as making full headdresses for drag queens and burlesque dancers. I create them completely from scratch. If you have an older hat that you want re-worked, I love turning them into something new.
Costumes take time! Order early for Mardi Gras! The more time you give a designer, the more time they have for the little nuances in your piece.
Contact Elizabeth directly at email@example.com