Les Bons Temps for a Baltimore Native

[Baltimore Or Less loves beautiful, talented people – they’re so unlike us, yet allow us to live vicariously through their exploits. Jenny Campbell is one of those peeps we love – and now the Baltimore Sun loves her as well. The Campbell Clan kilt is bursting with talent: Jenny’s brother Chris makes Tri-Brewing’s Swampus red ale and her sister-in-law Dawn Campbell makes award-winning .] 

How Jenny Campbell became a New Orleans costumer

By Julie Scharper (Baltimore Sun, February 19, 2014)

Jenny Campbell flipped her wig after moving to New Orleans to become a costumer (Photo by Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / February 2, 2012)

Jenny Campbell flipped her wig after moving to New Orleans to become a full-time costumer (Photo by Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun / February 2, 2012)

What is nearly as remarkable as Jenny Campbell’s costumes — the glittering swirls of ribbon and whirling snow globe headdresses — is the path that led to her second career as a costume maker.

The Baltimore native taught herself to make costumes a few years ago, creating extravagant outfits for , bar crawls and parties at the American Visionary Art Museum.

Now Campbell spends her days buried in silk and sequins at the Southern Costume Co. in New Orleans, designing, selecting feathers and fabrics, and sewing elaborate, gravity-defying outfits.

“I’m never, ever tired of it,” she said. “There’s so much to do down here.”

After work, Campbell, 49, turns her attention to creating her own costumes. She has founded her own krewe, or group of costumed Mardi Gras marchers, who will be participating in their first parade this week.

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Baltimore's Bohdacious Jenny Campbell is now based in New Orleans, where she works for Southern Costume Co. (Photo courtesy Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore’s Bohdacious Jenny Campbell is now based in New Orleans, where she works for Southern Costume Co. (Photo courtesy Baltimore Sun)

Related Links:

Blaze Starr Painted Screens by Jenny Campbell (Baltimore Or Less)

Jenny Campbell Online: jennycampbellonline.blogspot.com

Jenny Campbell Painted Screens (Facebook)

Portfolio: Jenny Campbell (Smart Woman)

A Portrait of an Artist: Jenny Campbell (Vimeo)

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