Designers are chosen through a rigorous selection process and are recruited year-round.
Check out the designers for the 2017 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 2017. 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.
Aaron James is a self-taught designer. Over the past 10 years he has participated in shows such as HighBall, Columbus Fashion Week, as well as having work featured in Saks 5th holiday windows and made garments for many various Broadway shows.
Celeste Malvar-Stewart is most recognized by her ethereal high-end gowns and dresses that she creates by hand-felting local wool and alpaca fibres atop silk fabric, often incorporating natural dyes. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Fashion while abroad in London, and holds a Master of Science in Textiles. Her current work explores incorporating recycled and upcycled post-consumer textiles into her designs and interiorwear, in keeping with her mission in creating sustainable and ethical clothing.
Josie Wills loves mixing lots of textures and details. Her collection features chic, upbeat, ahead of trend pieces.
Edina Ndebele is a brand that represents a return to African roots – celebrating the hundreds of cultures through a modern mix of traditional fabrics and colors. The brand’s head designer, Edina Ndebele, is a Zimbabwean born designer based in the United States. Edina Ndebele holds an Associate Degree in Fashion Design which she attained in Zimbabwe 2006, since then her fashion designing voyage has become unstoppable. Edna’s passion for fashion has given her so much experience in the world of design. As a young girl growing up in Africa, she had aspirations of creating something beautiful for her friends and family to wear that were inspired by the characteristics of her culture.
Lauren Primm and Ira Tecson have been working together on costumes for the last 6 years. Lauren has a background in fashion design at the University of Cincinnati and Ira has a background in sculpture at The Ohio State University. Their paths crossed when they started working together at a local costume shop designing mascot parts with each other. They realized how well their personalities and approaches to creating complimented one another through this. This will be the 4th year they have participated in Costume Couture.
Shiree Houf is a new Adjunct Faculty member at CCAD & a stay at home mom who freelances as a costume designer. She won the 2016 Highball Halloween Costume Couture Contest, & her designs have been featured in New Vision Dance Co. productions, Alternative Fashion Week 2016, & the Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award Gala. Santa & his wife are particular favorites among her clientele. Shiree has her MFA in design from OSU and a BA in theatre from Miami University. She is passionate about using her theatrical background to create unique & entertaining moments on the many stages life sets before her.
Que Jones is a designer from Columbus, OH who designs mostly for drag queens. His designs are filled with pop culture references, dramatic shapes, and out of this world designs. In the highly competitive drag world, what you wear is everything, and what Que wears is always a showstopper. This will be Que’s 3rd year designing for Highball.
Horst is a world renowned designer, making his claim to fame through felted wool creations. When he is not designing he bends to the will of his wife, Ms. Steamy, mastering anything she may throw at him. Ms. Steamy is a master of couture design and costume whimsy. Her dreams are only limited by her imagination. She constantly has pencil to paper, and spends limitless hours improving her skills with the sewing machine.
Audrey Swart and Katt Khadzko both attended Columbus College of Art and Design. After having classes together they realized that they have much of the same design process. From then on they have been collaborating on projects every chance they get. They enjoy all things odd and extraordinary, as well as elegance and order.
Before she was a Fashion Design student at CCAD, Ya-Chu (Iris)Yang worked as a game designer. Now, she is creating a beautiful new collection of women’s wear inspired by a dream about fish swimming in water. In her collection, she uses silks and beading to mirror the shiny nature of fish.
See videos from the 2016 Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show here.