Photo by Randall Schieber

2018 BATTELLE COSTUME COUTURE FASHION SHOW DESIGNERS

Designers are chosen through a rigorous selection process and are recruited year-round.

Check out the designers for the 2018 Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show, with hair and makeup by Phia Salon.

PHIA SALON

Phia Salon has been with HighBall Halloween since its beginning in 2008, creating incredible styles that tie in with the Costume Couture Designers’ looks. Phia Salon consults with each designer to come up with fabulous hair and makeup concepts that elevate their inventive costumes and creations.

MEET PHIA SALON

AARON JAMES

Aaron James is a self-taught designer that has been designing and making costumes for over ten years. He has participated in shows such as HighBall, Columbus Fashion Week, as well as having work featured in Saks 5th holiday windows. His career has allowed him the opportunity to work for both the community and theater, including broadway.

BARBARA WALLACE AND DOUG HANSKNECHT

Barbara Wallace is a Boston-based designer who got her design education and the beginnings of her career in Columbus. Barb designs Swarovski-encrusted, custom-made competition suits for female bodybuilders. Through this venture, her true passion for design and sparkle has been ignited. Currently, she works by day as an Accessories Designer and continues to make custom bikinis for female competitors as a side hustle. Design partner Doug Hansknecht works in a variety of media to create art for a purpose. Without formal training (he makes a living as a software architect) he concentrates on the problem at hand. “I usually abhor ignorance, but when creating something if I don’t know the usual way to do a job, just maybe I’ll stumble on an original way to do it.” Doug has worked in wood, brick, concrete, cloth, glass, rubber, metal and clay. He has made furniture, an outdoor kitchen, lighting fixtures, and costumes for Fantasy Fest in Key West.

MEET BARBARA

ELIZABETH BOURGEOIS

Elizabeth Bourgeois is an award-winning costume and fashion designer with a focus on sustainability, zero impact production, and repurposing textiles. In her fashion work, Liz uses small-batch manufacturing and localized production processes taken from theater for her line of nationally marketed clothing (Team Chipmunk) and bespoke commissions from corporate clients. Her designs pursue timelessness as they bridge between old and new to reinvent archetypes. Through exploring recycled fiber technologies, she strives to reimagine the way we produce clothes, using fabric manipulation, color and surface treatments to adapt deadstock and discarded cloth. 

MEET ELIZABETH

KJRSTEN KAY

Kjrsten is an eclectic designer who uses elements from many different aesthetics in her designs. She graduated from Columbus College of Art & Design in 2018 with a focus in costuming for ballet and the stage. She enjoys incorporating hand sewing and embellishment into her designs. She spends her free time creating miniatures and participating in medieval re-enactment.

MEET KJRSTEN

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 2017 Highball Halloween Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show and won the same contest in 2016. Her designs are frequently featured in New Vision Dance Co. productions, and most recently, have been on CATCO’s stages in the Riffe Center. Shiree has her MFA in Design from OSU and a B.A. in Theatre 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.

MEET SHIREE

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’ fourth year designing for HighBall Halloween.

SYDNEY SCHROEN

Sydney recently graduated from Miami University with her Bachelors in Interactive Media, Minoring in Fashion Design and Business. She first learned how to sew at the age of seven, and from there, developed her design skill through self-teaching. Always very creatively and entrepreneurially minded, Sydney worked hard through school, with the goal of ultimately creating garments that are beautiful, visually intriguing, and most importantly, well-made. After creating her personal brand last year, she has since worked on a number of commissioned projects, and has expanded her skill set outside the realm of traditional garments, learning millinery, handbag, and lingerie design. Sydney’s favorite part of the fashion industry is creating beautiful things in an unexpected way, and incorporating alternative textiles into her pieces is one of Sydney’s favorite ways to do this.

MEET SYDNEY

YA-CHU (IRIS) YANG

After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ya Chu started her own business this year, YYIris.1988. She is currently in the process of working with manufacturers to mass produce her own designs into everyday clothing for ladies. Ya Chu is originally from Taiwan, and went to school for video-game design in Japan. She then later came to the United States to get a B.A. degree in Fashion Design.

MEET YA CHU

Photo by Randall Schieber

Photo by Randall Schieber