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Carl Mack Presents

Find a one-of-a-kind costume for the upcoming season of disguise

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  If there's a time to throw fashion caution to the winds, Mardi Gras is it. Carl Mack Presents (223 Dauphine St., 949-4009; offers customers rack after rack of one-of-a-kind costumes for the upcoming season of disguise.

  Founded in 1984 by Carl Mack, the company doubles as a talent agency for entertainers including aerialists, stilt walkers and magicians. It sells and rents only custom outfits made by the company's in-house design team, as well as wigs, masks and a variety of accessories for making any look more authentic. Available getups range from geishas and coy French maids to more traditional Mardi Gras jesters. Couples can opt for double ensembles like that of the Southern belle and Confederate soldier. "I have hundreds of costumes that I want people to wear and be seen on the streets of New Orleans during all the festivities," Mack says.

  The warehouse is open for perusals, purchases and rentals on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends by appointment. — Carrie Marks


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