Léda Hincks Plauché (1886-1980) designed the floats and costumes of the Rex carnival organization from 1935 until her retirement in the 1960s. In 1959 she donated a large collection of her original designs to the Library along with a group of small notebooks comprised of 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" photographs of her Rex parade designs.
In 1941 Rex chose "Gems from the Arabian Nights" as the theme of its parade and masked ball. Charles E. Fenner reigned as Rex that year; Miss Delphine Clark was his queen. The 1941 celebration of Mardi Gras was the last to be held before World War II brought an interruption to the annual festivities. Our Gallery for February 2001 features Leda Plauche's designs for that Rex parade of sixty years past.
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Designing Woman: The Carnival Art of Léda Plauché.