“Spandex and Lycra are our friends!” says Mirena Rada, costume designer for Big Apple Circus's latest show, Carnivale. Rada's designs for acrobats and aerialists rely heavily on four-way stretch fabrics including stretch velvet, “because it gives you luxury but it's also very paintable.” For this year's carnival theme the designer researched carnivals and festivals around the world, especially Venice, Rio, and New Orleans. But after a while she put away the research in search of something ...

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