New Orleans — More than 20 designers, hatters, costumers and mask-makers will showcase their creations the NOLA Designer Costume Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Fatoush, the Healing Center’s on-site restaurant, 2372 St. Claude Ave. The bazaar, now in its 22nd year, has moved from its longtime home on Frenchmen Street.
“More than two decades ago, we began the seasonal tradition of group shows of designers and costumers,” said Tracy Thomson, who cofounded the popular bazaars with Ann Marie Popko and Oliver Manhattan. All three cofounders will be on hand at the New Orleans Healing Center.
The bazaar, which had moved to the Blue Nile bar after its original home, Cafe Brasil, closed, was closed down in 2011 during a permit enforcement sweep by the city.
Threadhead Cultural Foundation stepped in as a nonprofit sponsor, and the costume sale was able to resume in 2012 with city permits.
“Threadhead Cultural Foundation was our knight in shining armor, and will continue to have a presence at the Healing Center,” says bazaar organizer Cree McCree, who took over for Tracy Thomson in 2003.
“We’re deeply grateful to Threadhead and Blue Nile manager Jesse Paige, who really went to bat for us. But we outgrew the space, and were looking for a new home,’’ she said.