It’s been a while since I’ve been to West London, but here I am, in Queensway, at the elegant Porchester Hall, for UCOM costume reveal.
It’s the first band launch of the season. UCOM is celebrating 10 years on the road (hence the theme name: Reflect10n).
For the second year in the row, prolific Creative Director Paul O’Donogue has designed carnival costumes for no less than 4 bands. His own: United Colours of Mas and also for Socaholic UK, Hype Mas and Karma Infinity Mas Band.

To mark the anniversary, a popular theme from each ten previous years has been revamped and brought to life.

 

From this year’s MythodysseyReturn of the Dragon. A great flowing design in lime, turquoise and purple

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From Hype Mas‘s 2015  theme Gathering of Nations: the new creation: Warrior

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Then comes Cheetah, a personal favourite, in brown tones and animal prints. It comes from the 2014 theme: Instinct
A very flattering design and elaborate finish:

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Next from the 2013 theme The Essence:  this year’s theme is: Essence of Carnival by Karma Infinity Mas band

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Designed by Alfred Palmer, from the 2012 theme Tribe of the World: the theme, Inca.
Great headdress for the front section!

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Another personal favourite of tonight presentation, is the 2011 Exotica theme, transformed this year as Erotica by Socaholic UK

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2010 was UCOM final year as Bacchanal mas with the theme Traditions, from which Blue Devil was extracted..

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Next: Green with Envy, inspired by the 2009 design: Seven Deadly Sins.

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And last but not least,  a design for UCOM’s first year on the road. 2008 theme Paradise, which this year has been revamped to: Fool’s Paradise.
A great male front section with an intriguing, alluring adorned mask.

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It has been a great presentation. A fantastic atmosphere, music on point, and a great catwalk show.
I would have stayed all night if I had been able to!

 

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