By Katie Segal
United Kingdom | Monday 27 June 2016: 15:15 BST
“It all started with a passion in footwear and fashion... I have been customising footwear for several years for close friends and myself. We always felt our carnival look was incomplete without matching shoes and accessories.” Those are the words of Tia Rochester, describing the inception of her business, The Goddess Experience. Using her innate creativity and degree in fashion design, Tia had created fabulous accessories for herself in an organic reaction to playing mas. She says that when people asked, “I’ll never forget the look of awe on their faces when I told them, ‘I made them myself’”. Initially, she didn’t realise how much potential there might be in a customisation service for European carnivals but, more than ten years down the line, she is now creating fabulous accessories for others. Tia says, “We provide one-to-one consultations where we present drafts / mock up designs and mood boards along with stones and braid suggestions. We can turn any shoe or accessory into a bedazzled masterpiece fit for any carnival goddess!” The service is usually employed by those with large and individual costumes, but as the most accessible of the three options (Siren, Vixen and Goddess) costs just £30, it doesn’t have to rule anybody out. You provide the boots and details of your costume, and TGE will do the rest. They will also decorate other types of accessory – goblets, for example – so anything could be up for discussion. And a last word from Tia: “Here at The Goddess Experience we strongly believe and promote unity in mas. We work with all bands, sections and clients. Creativity is at the centre of all we do! Happy clients equal happy team TGE!” You can contact The Goddess Experience on Facebook: goddessexperience, Instagram: tgecarnivalboots, Twitter: TGEcarnivalboot or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Goddess Experience is offering one masquerader a pair of their bespoke Vixen (frontline) decorated boots for this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. T’s&C’s apply; to enter, go to socanews.com/competitions by Friday, 29 July.