Jair Oliveira hails from Recife, Brazil and currently lives just outside of San Francisco, California. He is a costumer, artist and samba dancer.
There is no school for learning how to make a carnaval costume. One has to figure it out all by themselves and hope for the best. Jair has an uncanny ability to put together various elements of style, color and theater to create a work that transforms the wearer into a fabulous exotic creature.
These costumes are meant to read from far away. They are monumental up close. Made from scratch, Jair works long hours in his studio. Most times he doesn't need to sketch out a concept before jumping into the process of gluing, sewing and fabricating the frames that hold hundreds of feathers. His studio is colorful array of sequins, feathers and bits of shiny cloth strewn all over the place. What emerges from this chaos is pure fantasy.
Jair makes custom carnaval costumes and headdresses for men and women across the country. If you'd like to contact him regarding his work click the link here: Jair Oliveira