Known for bold, sophisticated, and risqué designs, Rhion Romany has established a reputation for pushing boundaries and redefining Caribbean style.
Through his eponymous brand, “Rhion Romany”, he has released chic resort wear collections, bespoke bridal gowns, and trendsetting Monday wear. He has also outsourced his talent to leading local, regional, and international carnival bands to produce some of the most coveted costumes on the road.
Inspired by the contemporary Caribbean lifestyle, Rhion’s creations are an effortless blend of island vibes and metropolitan flair. His looks have been donned by celebrities and masqueraders alike, gracing red carpets, stages, and parade routes worldwide. In fact, it’s safe to say his famous ЯR signature has developed a cult-like following with brand evangelists known as ЯRoyals anxiously awaiting the release of his latest line to add to their collection.
Rhion is intent on fulfilling his mission to deliver chic refinement in every area of design he touches. As a member of the SPIRIT design team he intends to share his unique perspectives on the art of costuming and collaborate closely with his colleagues to deliver show-stopping pieces that pay homage to, and reflect, the splendor of Trinidad Carnival.
At 27-years-old Alejandro Gomez is already considered a formidable presence in the carnival costuming fraternity.
A prodigy in his own right, he designed his first costume at the age of 16 and he has been making noteworthy contributions to the space ever since.
In a highly competitive industry, Alejandro’s artistry has been showcased in some of the world’s biggest and best carnivals, including those of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Toronto, Notting Hill, Atlanta, Miami, and Jamaica.
Born in Venezuela and raised in Trinidad, his cultural background heavily influences his work. Paired with his extensive exposure in the global carnival arena, his experiences have allowed him to hone his craft and create avant garde costumes that are larger than life and a feast for the eyes.
Now, he’s bringing his love of culture and passion for design to the SPIRIT design team. Together with his peers he’s committed to reimagining carnival and creating striking designs every masquerader can fall in love with.
Douglas John grew up in and around mas camps so there’s no denying that carnival is embedded in his DNA.
Mentored by his mas-making parents and apprentice to industry icons such as Roland St. George, Brian McFarlane, and Peter Minshall, he made his costuming debut at 16-years-old.
At 19 he started learning the art of wire bending from the masters, and over time developed his skills in 3D foam aesthetics and sculpting. Now, 26 years later he’s the quintessential “mas man” known for producing his own costumes and influencing trends to shape the industry into what it is today.
To date, his extensive portfolio features designs for groundbreaking local and international Carnival bands. Among the high profile personalities to have donned his costumes are Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, and several Miss Universe contestants. However, his body of work extends beyond carnival to include projects with global brands such as Macy’s and Disney.
Currently, Douglas serves as a creative director, co-shareholder, and designer for several international bands.
He recently added SPIRIT Mas to that list and looks forward to collaborating with his colleagues to deliver jaw-dropping designs in his continued quest to leave an indelible mark on the carnival industry.
A pioneer by any measure, Sandra Hordatt is the visionary behind game-changing costume elements such as the wire bra and spider panties.
Her storied career as a costume designer spans two decades, during which time she has worked with some of the top carnival bands in the world. From consultancy and creative direction, to costume design and production, she has been involved in almost every aspect of mas making.
Creating pieces that perfectly capture feminine strength and sensuality is her calling card, and it is reflected not only in her costumes, but also her festival wear line, “SandisAngels”.
Always one to push the envelope and test boundaries, her maverick approach to costuming has earned her the respect of her peers and the admiration of masqueraders worldwide.
Now she’s ready to inject that dynamism and versatility into the SPIRIT Mas design team and continue her industry-shaping legacy alongside like-minded creators.
For Levi Marcus, creativity and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand.
An alum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, he has successfully leveraged his bachelor’s degree in Fashion Business Management, as well as his training from the esteemed Professor Andrew Ramroop, to create his eponymous clothing line, “Levi Marcus”. Now, he’s ready to make his mark as a carnival costume designer.
Recognised as much for his business acumen as his ability to create aspirational, fashion-forward products, Levi has forged his own path. To date, he has secured partnerships with major players such as Machel Mantano and Ten to One Rum. While his designs have been worn by a slew of local, regional, and international celebrities, including Ciara, Rebel Sixx, and Kes.
Beyond the world of fashion, Levi is a self-proclaimed carnival junkie and a passionate advocate for the masquerader experience.
As a member of the SPIRIT design team, he looks forward to breathing new life into the carnival scene and creating unforgettable experiences on the road.