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Betsy A. Pandora, MCRP
Executive Director
Short North Alliance



Short North Arts District, Columbus, OH -The Short North Alliance is excited to announce the HighBall Halloween 2016 Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show Designers in addition to programming for Friday’s HB: On The Rocks and Saturday’s HB: High Fashion.

Hosted by drag queen Nina West and NBC4’s Monica Day, HighBall Halloween will culminate on the Schweppes Stage with the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. This year's lineup includes favorite veterans that are returning to the runway after a few years’ break along with never-before-seen designers from Columbus and beyond. Pre-sale ticket packages go on sale starting September 6.

"Now in its 9th year, HighBall Halloween has matured into a one of our community's most inspired and anticipated annual events," said Betsy Pandora Executive Director of the Short North Alliance. "This year's event was curated in partnership with an all-community artistic advisory committee who placed special emphasis on the street experience at HighBall Halloween."   

Confirmed details on designers for the HighBall Halloween 2016 Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show and programming for Friday’s HB: On The Rocks and Saturday’s HB: High Fashion are included below. 

Designers are chosen through a rigorous selection process and are recruited year-round. Dozens apply, but only eight individuals or teams of two are selected to compete. HighBall Halloween Designers span various points in their careers and experience levels. From students of regional fashion schools, to veteran theatrical costume designers, to creative and highly established design professionals, the range of talent grows and changes with each year. This year’s Battelle Costume Couture Designers are listed below. See their designs at HB: High Fashion on Saturday, October 21 on the Schweppes Stage.
Horst & Ms. Steamy
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.
Shiree Houf
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.
Que Jones
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.
Edina Ndebele
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.
Ryan Richmond
Ryan Richmond has always had an extreme interest in design, whether fashion, graphic, architecture, or illustrative. In 2011, Richmond received a BA in fashion design from Columbus College of Art & Design and has since worked for Abercrombie & Fitch and Lane Bryant. In 2012, Richmond took first place at the HighBall Halloween Costume Couture Show. He has also participated with a team in Product Runway. His team’s work is currently on display at The Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Columbus.
Juan José Saenz-Ferreyros
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.
Barbara Wallace
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.
Hanna Rose
Hanna Rose is equal parts London, Englander and Midwesterner. Born in Detroit and raised in Columbus, she studied fashion in London, at UCA Epsom, ranking 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.
HB: On The Rocks


HB: On The Rocks is our annual Friday night tribute to fabulous fashion inspired by music icons, eras, and genres. On Friday, HighBall Halloween 2016 will pay tribute to rock legend David Bowie. Headliner Robert DeLong, with a local band lineup, will hit the HighBall Halloween stage for electrifying performances including mixed sets of original songs and David Bowie covers.

Come to HB: On The Rocks dressed as your favorite Bowie era, whether the iconic Ziggy Stardust, mystically-inspired Jareth the Goblin King, or the cabaret classic Thin White Duke. The night begins with the Stardust Happy Hour, where attendees get free admission to HighBall Halloween. Get your chance to be on the HighBall Halloween stage as we close out the night with the Bowie Public Costume Contest. In between, see some of the most amazing stage and street performances HighBall Halloween has ever seen. If being on stage is your thing, look forward to HB: On The Rocks David Bowie karaoke presented by Kaufman Development on Friday night.

Headlining HB: On the Rocks is electronic dance-pop sensation Robert DeLong. Originally from Washington state, DeLong hails from Colorado in a one-man outfit that takes inspiration from the genres of house, dubstep, and moombahton. His most recent album, In the Cards, was released in late 2015 alongside the single “Don’t Wait Up.”

In a recent review, USA TODAY says of the musician, “Give him a mic, some drums, and a potpourri of video-game controllers, and Robert DeLong has all he needs for an explosive dance party.”

Our sensational hosts, Monica Day and Nina West will stun the crowd with their best versions of David Bowie glam.

Fabulous Johnson Brothers is a high-energy ensemble that draws inspiration from disco, soul, and motown in addition to modern-day pop and doo-wop. Their lineup includes a multi-instrumental mix of driving guitars, bold vocals, and a powerful horn section. Attendees will rock out to an unforgettable all Bowie set. 

Damn The Witch Siren is an electro-pop, 80s-inspired duo based in Columbus. Known for their live performances, their shows are filled with “choreographed dance moves, seizure-inducing visuals, and a buzzing cacophony of 8-bit arpeggios and blunt electronic beats” (614 Magazine).
HB: High Fashion


Extraordinary style is the name of the game at HB: High Fashion on Saturday night. Local bands will open HB: High Fashion and get you pumped for the main event. Watch eight teams of designers compete for the top slot and a cash prize in HighBall Halloween’s signature event, the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show. See models stomp the runway in inspired costume collections in a spectacular fashion show unlike any other.

On Saturday, become your most honest self or take shape as someone new. As the night ends, get a chance to be a part of the main stage spectacle for the High Fashion Public Costume Contest.

In addition to hosting HighBall Halloween 2016 with Monica Day, Nina West and the West Family will put on an inspired production that includes elaborate costumes, dance performers, and all the drama that Columbus has come to know and love about their performances. The drag queen herself is a self-described “comedian, puppet enthusiast, foodie, activist, and friend” who shares her talents in the local LGBTQ community in addition to national acclaim.

Before the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show takes over the stage, see Mojoflo rock out with blazing vocals, screaming horns, and a hard hitting rhythm section. MojoFlo offers a unique and eclectic mix of funk, soul, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, and hip-hop that will keep you guessing.

Nick D & The Believers will take the stage with for an indie pop set that is sure to entertain. Since their start, their “woozy, new soul” (Columbus alive!) was quickly recognized by critics who have called the band “consistently mesmerizing,” (CityBeat) and “one of the fiercest live acts” (PASTE).

Stay tuned for a full lineup of our Street Spectacle program in the coming weeks. 
The HighBall Halloween Haute Castle VIP Party is back by popular demand. Experience HighBall Halloween up close and in style. Presented by White Castle, the HighBall Halloween Haute Castle VIP Party ticket package includes a Friday VIP pass and six drink tickets. The HighBall Halloween Haute Castle VIP Party features up-close views of the HighBall Halloween Schweppes Stage and runway, private cash bars with a special selection of beverages for VIPs only, indoor restrooms, a photo booth, unlimited eats provide by White Castle all night long, and more. 

Tickets go on sale September 6. Discount pre-sale pricing will be available until October 14. Ticket packages are subject to an online processing fee. General Admission tickets are $5 pre-sale and $10 after October 14 or at the gate. VIP tickets are $65 pre-sale, $75 advanced purchase, or $80 at the gate. 

Limited-edition HOMAGE HighBall Halloween T-shirts will be available again this year, but this time with an option to pre-order for night of event pick up. Details and design for the exclusive HighBall Halloween tee will be announced in September.

HighBall Halloween is the nation's most elaborate costume party. Staged in the fashion capital of Columbus, this yearly event for the Halloween season bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District.

Be part of the HighBall Halloween street spectacle and model yourself on High Street. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear.

Proceeds from HighBall Halloween go to support the Short North Alliance (SNA), a 501(c)3 non­profit organization serving both the property owners and business owners of the Short North Arts District.

HighBall Halloween helps to underwrite the programs and activities of the Short North Alliance, including: clean and safe initiatives, promotions, holiday campaigns, public art installations, and parking management.

Additionally, numerous groups receive stipends to further their good works in return for their support of HighBall Halloween.

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HighBall Halloween, photo by Randall Schieber
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