Rio's samba schools rush to finish Carnival costumes

STORY: Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio's samba schools are rushing to finish their Carnival costumes

Long hours are spent preparing feathers, ruffles and headpieces

[Cecilia Teixeira, Seamstress]

“It’s a lot of work but it’s such a beautiful work. I enjoy doing every part of it.”

The Mocidade samba school is one of the oldest in Rio

Osmar Ferreirao oversees every detail - from dresses to floats

He says the school works with professional designers, painters and even blacksmiths

[Osmar Ferreira, Carnival producer / Mocidade Samba School]

“I sleep and when I wake up, I think of the creative process. Afterwards comes the execution, I oversee everything - the range of professionals and artists who are working with me. I’m only a creator but there are designers, painters, blacksmiths, carpenters and many other professionals that I also see as artists. They are the ones who get their hands dirty and make all the carnival projects happen.”