Marinez Azevedo

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More than 40 costumes made by the artist, who dedicated a life to Carnival. Photo: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias
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Marinez Azevedo made 41 luxury costumes during a lifetime dedicated to Carnival. She is one of the last embroiders to maintain the samba tradition in the São João. Instead of the glue designers use today to save time, she makes sumptuous outfits with needles and threads, only, using colors, strass, swarovski crystals, stones, chains, sequins, plumes, rooster and pheasant feathers.

Marinez uses needle and thread for her deisgns. Photo: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias

She has paraded as member of the two local samba schools, Congos and Chinês, wearing luxury costumes, and also as member of schools in Rio de Janeiro, such as Vila Isabel, Grande Rio, Beija Flor and Viradouro. From 1998 to 2009, she joined the traditional luxury costumes competition at the Glória Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, in which she came out as champion in 2005, and was awarded the second and third places in five other editions. 

The outfits can weight up to 50 kilograms. Photo: Tasso Marcelo/Diadorim Ideias

"This is what I live for, for the art", says Marinez, who takes months to make each costume. Her petit and muscular body carries 30 to 50 kilos of costumes through Joaquim Thomaz de Aquino Filho Street, where the city parades take place. The complete costume, says Marinez, can cost up to $ 30,000 (Brazilian currency). 

Marinez has lived for the Carnival since she was a child. Her father made the floats for Chinês Samba School. Her mother made costumes under commission. "My father would buy ragdolls so I could make them costumes when I was a kid. He made needles out of matchsticks so I wouldn't hurt myself", she remembers. Her two daughters did not inherit the same passion. "They chose the Evangelical religion and they only participate in the Carnival celebrations to please me", she says.

Marinez also makes wedding dresses and is one of the few in the city to do so. She makes sacred mantles, veils, and towels for the churches of São João. Her real passion, though, are the costumes and she does not mind the rivalry between Chinês and Congos schools. "What I like is to interpret a character and parade".

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