Videos: Meet The Winning Local Designers

January 31, 2020

As the winners of the Carnival Costume Design Challenge, local designers Colita Cook-Shillingford and Barbie Paynter will see their costumes launched tomorrow [Feb 1] at the NOVA Mas International costume presentation and launch party.

Nova Mas Costume Launch Bermuda Jan 2020

NOVA Mas explained that Colita Cook-Shillingford and Barbie Paynter participated in the Cultural Apprenticeship program that was facilitated last year between NOVA Mas International and The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs.

“Both ladies won the Carnival Costume Design Challenge and were provided with the opportunity to submit costume prototype designs for NOVA for Bermuda Carnival 2020,” a spokesperson said.

Interview with Colita Cook-Shillingford:

“On Saturday February 1st, 2020 their costumes will be launched at our launch event. This is an exciting opportunity for the world to see local Bermudian talent at its best.

“We are really excited and impressed with what they have created and cannot wait for Bermuda to see their creations that will ultimately be worn on the road for Bermuda Carnival 2020.”

Interview with Barbie Paynter:

The NOVA Mas International Carnival Costume Presentation & Launch Party Experience will take place on Saturday, February 1st at the Berkeley Institute, and tickets can be purchased on

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