It's been several days since my last post, but I have good reason. I was really busy this past weekend
For those of you who aren't from the Columbus area or aren't familiar with the event, HighBall is a 2-day extravaganza that supports the Short North Alliance which in turn supports property and business owners in our Short North Arts District.
The first night focuses on street costumes and musical performances. This year's theme was THE BIG 80s and there were some pretty spectacular costumes. Here are a few of my favorites from the HighBall Facebook page...
That Gameboy costume, through some form of costume wizardry, was actually fully functioning and people could even play Tetris on it. Incredible!
The night capped off with a performance by 80s star Taylor Dayne, who my roller skating childhood heart will always know as this...
The second night hosted the annual Costume Couture Fashion Show, featuring local fashion and costume designers, where yours truly, with the help of my co-designer, Shiree Houf, took 1st place!!
The idea is to present three "ready-to-wear" looks (amplified to fit the event obviously) followed by a main costume. Our collection was called Dolled Up and told the story of a pair of conjoined twins and their dolls/puppets.
Model Kristin Laymon as our Ragdoll. She did this little skip walk down the runway that was just adorable.
Angela Darr as our Windup Ballerina. She had a motorized spinning key and spun down the runway on point.
Wendy Jobes Hartman was our Harlequin doll. And I know I'm showing you a picture of her butt here, but this picture really shows you all of the details of the outfit. She was such a trooper- from wearing a black out screen over her eye for most of the day to having that hairpiece sewn into her head. She's a total pro!
And lastly, our costume piece, the conjoined twins featuring models Jessica Gould and Abby Bowman.
And speaking of troopers, these girls not only had to be attached to each other for over two hours, but also literally carried this behemoth of costume on their shoulders. They were so great!!
If you look closely, the puppets are wearing the same outfits, hair, and makeup as their real-life model counterparts.
From the back. Walking slowly but surely.
And the end of a long and exciting day. From left to right: Model Jessica Gould, myself, Co-designer Shiree Houf, and Model Abby Bowman.
Honestly, I'm still in a little bit of shock that we won. I mean look at this amazing competition!...
A big thanks to my design partner, Shiree Houf, for counteracting my tendency to over think everything, for sewing like the wind, and for being the mastermind behind the structure for that skirt. We made a great team! Thank you to Phia Salon and Reverse Vanity Spa for rocking out the hair and makeup and always being so awesome to work with. And to Stephanie Stein, Betsy Pandora, the Short North Alliance, and everyone else involved for all of the hard work that goes into making an event like this a success. Thank you for letting us take part. It was an incredible experience!