The Hall of Trains or “Wow Gallery” is the most impressive of the Carnival Museum’s fourteen galleries. This fitting finale to your visit with us today captures the glorious splendor that is Carnival in Mobile at its best. Ten of the Museum’s finest royal robes (the term referring for the whole of monarch’s attire), along with display of a King’s supper, are presented for your viewing pleasure. As you have seen, royal robes, trains in particular, are vehicles or storytelling, that is in addition to trains being works of art, regional haute couture, engineering fetes at times, and shear visual majesty.
On your left, you first see Jay Watkin’s royal robes with their prevailing Scottish theme (see the quilt even!). Next to King Jay’s display is the ensemble of Greer Stimpson Turner. Queen Greer’s gown and train feature both French Regency and Art Deco motifs. David Cooper, junior’s, train is a doubt the most elaborate train in Mobile Carnival history. Margaret Cooper’s ensemble, which is just beyond her brother’s, is very understated, by comparison only. The train is host to a multifold layering of religious iconography. Patrick Ladd’s Louis XIV ensemble, which is situated in rightmost corner, more than rivals the Sun King’s attire, even on the grandest of days. The sun is found on his train and staff, which he employed instead of scepter.