* image taken from http://www.carnaval.com/tnt/minshall/
Peter Minshall was born in Guyana but his family moved to Trinidad when he was very young. He is considered a native son and the father of modern Mas. While most mas bands dress as somewhat traditional characters or use costumes that are reminiscent of Las Vegas showgirls, Peter Minshall's designs worn by the Callaloo Company are considered true works of theatrical art and described as moving mobiles.
You may think, big deal, just some local Trini costume designer at a carnival smaller than the one in Rio or Mardi Gras. You'd be wrong though. Minshall has acheived world fame in his field and was the main designer for awards ceremonies and presentations during the 1994 World Cup, and opening ceremonies for 1992 Barcelona Olympic games, opening ceremonies for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and the 2002 opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City.
Joy to the World
His interest in costume design began when he was just a boy and his very first mas costume of an African witch doctor won him an award in a local competition he entered at age 13. In 1974 he designed a ground breaking and ethereal costume for his sister which was a sensation. In 1976 he completed his first full company costuming with the theme of Paradise Lost. Carnival onlookers watched a pageant in 4 acts parade past them and Peter Minshall's artistic vision was seared upon a nation.
Bird of Paradise
*images of kings and queens taken from http://callaloo.co.tt/kings_queens/default.HTML
Happy Trini Tuesday