AN EXTRAVAGANT CELEBRATION OF HIGH FASHION

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 for 2019 have closed. Scroll down to meet this year’s designers!

MODEL AT HIGHBALL HALLOWEEN

Stomp the runway at this year’s HighBall Halloween! Join us at this year’s casting call:

WHEN
Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m.

WHERE
Serendipity Labs at 886 N. High St in the Short North Arts District

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YOUR 2019 HIGHBALL HALLOWEEN DESIGNERS

AARON JAMES

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

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.

IRA TECSON & LAUREN PRIMM

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

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

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

Shiree Houf is an adjunct faculty member at Columbus College of Art and Design and a stay-at-home mom who freelances as a costume designer. While working out of her dining room/studio in Columbus, she has placed second in the 2018 and 2017 Highball Halloween Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Shows, and won the same contest in 2016. Her designs are frequently featured in New Vision Dance Co. productions, and have most recently been on CATCO’s stages in the Riffe Center. Shiree has her MFA in Design from Ohio State and a B.A. in Theater from Miami University. She is passionate about using her theatrical background to create unique and entertaining moments on the many stages life sets before her.

TRACY POWELL

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.

VINCENT QUEVEDO

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.