Every year, HighBall Halloween’s Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show invites designers to submit their most ambitious ideas for consideration. After a rigorous application and selection process, designers bring these ideas to life and models show them to the world on the HighBall Halloween runway.

Designer applications and model casting for 2019 have closed. Scroll down to meet this year’s designers!



Aaron James is a self-taught designer who has been designing and making costumes for over 10 years. He has participated in shows such as HighBall Halloween’s Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show and Columbus Fashion Week and has had work featured in Saks 5th holiday windows. His career has allowed him the opportunity to work in both the community and in theater, including broadway.


Haley Topp is a recent graduate of Kent State University’s Fashion School. Topp focuses on sustainability and turning what many consider trash into treasure. She truly believes that changes need to be made within the fashion industry starting from the top so that everyone can have a planet to live on. As a result, Topp focuses on zero-waste patterning and transformable garments as well as knitting. She worked all through college in the theatre department making costumes. Recently she showed part of her collection in South Korea, and will be going to London Fashion Week in February 2020.


Lauren Primm and Ira Tecson have been working together on costumes for the last eight years. Lauren has a background in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati, and Ira has a background in sculpture from 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 complimented one another. This will be the fifth year they have participated in the HighBall Halloween Costume Couture Fashion Show.


Jonathen Kinney, owner of Columbus Airbrush and Jonathen Kinney LLC., is a professional body painter, face painter, airbrush artist and photographer. His work has been published internationally and he’s an award-winning bodypainter. Jonathen has spent the past 22 years traveling the country competing in body painting shows and teaching airbrush techniques. He’s very passionate about his artistry and loves to inspire other artists.


Que Jones is a Columbus-based designer specializing in drag fashion. Working with larger-than-life models, Jones’ work must compliment large personalities. Using pop culture references, whimsical fancies, absurd construction, and nontraditional objects, Jones’ clothes are always one of a kind. This is Jones’ fifth year designing for HighBall Halloween.


Shiree Houf is a stay at home mom who freelances as a costume designer. Her designs are featured in New Vision Dance Co. shows and various local educational and professional theatre productions. She hopes that this year will make seven out of eight years in which she places in the top three designs. See all past seven HighBall Halloween costumes by Shiree at


Tracy Powell is currently a senior at Columbus College of Art and design. She was born to play dress up, which now has evolved into a love of couture and costume design. Her love of textiles, playing with the rough and soft, the shiny and dull, adds symmetry to her creations. This diversity gives her the ability to work in many fields and allows her the flexibility to move in unison to her mood and inspiration. Follow Tracy’s work on Instagram @gogirlflyfree.


Vinci is an associate professor at Kent State University’s fashion school. He is a national and international award-winning designer with over 130 exhibitions, he holds 4 patents, and he has received over 50 Best of Show awards in international design and wearable arts competitions. In 2020, Vinci will be celebrating 30 years of teaching fashion design to both undergraduate and graduate students.