Designers are chosen through a rigorous selection process and are recruited year-round.
Check out the designer for the 2016 Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show, with hair and makeup by Phia Salon.
Phia Salon has been with HighBall Halloween since its beginning in 2008, creating incredible hairstyles that tie in with the Costume Couture Designers’ looks. In addition to hair, Phia Salon looks forward to creating the makeup looks for 2016. In the early stages of planning, Phia Salon consults with each designer to come up with fabulous hair and makeup concepts that elevate their inventive costumes and creations.
Horst is a world-renowned felter that began his trade in the Fall of 2001. Since the beginning, he has revolutionized this centuries-old craft by incorporating new processes with a keen sense of color and form. Ms. Steamy, wife of Horst, has always had her pencil to the paper, designing all manner of clothing, and has spent countless hours designing complex garments. Together, this dynamic duo combine the intricacies of fabric with bold wool embellishments, making dresses unlike the world has ever seen.
Rachel McGhee | Kathryn Miller
Shiree Houf is a freelance costume designer, window display artist, and stylist. She earned an MFA in Design at The Ohio State University and a BA in Theatre from Miami University. She is passionate about using her theatrical background to create unique and entertaining moments onstage. In 2014, Houf, with her design partner, placed first at the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show.
Anita McFarren | Jessica Gould
Russ Fillmore | Wendy Hartman
Anthony Verde | Thomas Newhard
Mandi Ebert | Da Rissa Moore
Que Jones is a Columbus-based designer who uses the over-the-top nature of drag queens to fuel his designs. Gretta Goodbottom, Jones’ drag alter ego, is a colorful, eccentric, whimsical, and fierce queen who uses the influence of pop culture to create one-of-a-kind looks. HighBall Halloween was his first professional fashion show, and he has had the bug for shows ever since.
Rachel Katz | Keane Dunn
Tanner Koppert | Osiris Gonzalez
Annie DeChellis | Clay Nikels
Edina Ndebele was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she graduated from college in 2006 with a degree in fashion design. In the U.S., Ndebele has showcased her award-winning designs at the New York Africa Fashion Week (Jul. 2011), Virgin Islands Fashion Week (Oct. 2011), and Louisville Waterfront Fashion Week (2012). Her designs often pay homage to her home country of Zimbabwe and the struggles she witnessed at home. Ndebele was moved to inspire and change people’s lives, and she continues to do so through fashion.
Savon Kelsey | Kennyce Russ
Kristen Laymon | Alexandria Ortega
Peruvian fashion designer Juan José Saenz-Ferreyros owns the brand Ferreyros Couture. He attended Chio Lecca Fashion School in Lima, Peru, continuing his studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Saenz-Ferreyros has created custom-designed clothing for both pageant contestants and stars, including Miss Colombia Universe, Miss Peru USA, and many others. He has mounted runway shows in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. He has also taught modeling at John Casabalanca’s international modeling school in Colombia and privately in New York.
Darci Joy | Erica Fitzgerald
Tonja Scott | Naomi Lofton
Nathan Dunmoyer | Al’Tee Harris
JaMez Burton | Rachael Johnson
Barbara Wallace is a graduate of Columbus College of Art & Design with a BFA in fashion design. She has worked as an accessories designer for Bath & Body Works and Life is Good. A veteran HighBall Halloween designer, she competed in the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show before moving out of state in 2011. She owns her own business, Black Cat Made, designing competition suits for bodybuilders. She is inspired by costumes, glitz, and glamour, and incorporates metallic materials, crystals, and her artistic sense into her work.
April Dossett | Jessica Henry
Tonya Rae Hickey | Megan Brill
Hanna Rose is equal parts London, Englander and Midwesterner. Born in Detroit and raised in Columbus, she studied fashion in London, at UCA Epsom, which is ranked 17th in the world for fashion design. This mix of middle America and capital living is prevalent in her fashion, bringing a modern slant to traditional techniques, through complex fabric work and contemporary design. Having recently moved back to Columbus, she’s a technical designer for a leading fashion brand, and in her own time she’s a forward-thinking contemporary women’s wear designer.
Megan Fehrenbach | Faye Hartman-Vaeth
Alexa Demyan | Madi Ellerbrock
J.R. Camp, Kent State University | Bryston Walters, 2015 Costume Couture Winner
Sarah Jurcyk, rowe boutique | Suzanne Cotton, Columbus College of Art & Design
The 2015 show featured 32 mesmerizing, over-the-top designs coming from a diverse and talented crew. These designers range from students of regional fashion schools to veteran theatrical costume designers, to creative professionals with no formal fashion training, to highly established design professionals.
Jessica Driscoll is a Columbus-based clothing and leather accessory designer. Beginning at an early age, Driscoll expressed her creativity through sewing, which led her to study fashion design at Columbus College of Art and Design. She loves the hands-on process of creation and has formed a self-titled brand post-graduation.
Shiree Houf freelances as a costume designer, window display artist and stylist. She earned a BA in Theater from Miami University and an MFA in Design from The Ohio State University. Passionate about using her theatrical background to create unique and entertaining moments onstage, she co-designed with Ashley Wills to create the winning collection at HighBall 2014.
Wills is a freelance multimedia designer, stylist and blogger. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Fashion and Retail Studies and a BA in Theater. She loves to combine her interest in high-end fashion with the drama of costume design.
Columbus resident Que Jones began costume design for his drag queen alter ego, Gretta Goodbottom, and has additionally designed costumes for Nina West, Virginia West, and cosplay convention attendees. To date, Jones has designed and executed four main stage shows put on by the West Family at Axis Nightclub.
Jackie Ouayoro is a fashion designer from the Ivory Coast in West Africa. Creating mostly evening wear and gowns, Ouayoro’s designs are all about sophistication and elegance. Her goal as a designer is to create garments that make women feel confident and beautiful. Ouayoro lives and works in the high fashion industry—her brand is Soley Design—in Cincinnati, OH.
Peruvian fashion designer Juan José Saenz-Ferreyros sold his first designs in Lima at age 15 and later started the brand, Ferreyros Couture. He creates custom-designed clothing and is recognized as a designer for both pageant contestants and the stars. Overseas, he has designed for Miss Colombia Universe, Miss Peru US, and many other celebrities. He has held runway shows in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Garrett Sohnly is a model, artist, and fashion design student at Columbus College of Art and Design, where he enjoys his frequent involvement with the fashion and art community. His current artwork features an interest in avant-garde and costume menswear, serigraphy, and graphic design.
Lauren Primm and Ira Tecson have been working together on costumes for the last four years. Primm has background in fashion design at the University of Cincinnati, and Tecson studied sculpture at The Ohio State University. Their paths crossed when they started working together at a local costume shop designing mascot parts together and realized how well their personalities and approaches to creating complemented one another. This duo placed in the top three in the HighBall 2014 Costume Couture Fashion Show.
Veteran HighBall designer Bryston Walters is a freelance fashion and accessories designer residing in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to earning a BFA in Fashion Design from Columbus College of Art and Design, his design and sewing experience spans 20 years. Although his style is constantly evolving, his overall design aesthetic can be described as classically modern, with a strong focus on detail. For the past several years he has been building his brand, which mainly includes leather and fur luggage, handbags, accessories, and custom pieces.