North Bay Fashion Ball to enliven fashion, art scene


There is an electrifying trend ball brewing in Sonoma County, promising to deliver glitz, glam and a lot of pleasure to Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater this weekend.

Founder Cincinnatus Hibbard, with other artists and creatives, is staging the North Bay Style Ball, a hybrid runway present and queer fashion extravaganza, at the Phoenix on Saturday.

The multifaceted occasion will function dance performances, a DJ, are living airbrushing, drag queens, an open up runway, fashion collections by featured regional artists and designers, a dance occasion, parading drummers, and dance pop and celestial ambient music.

“It’ll be a loving and spontaneous house. It is a unity house, a queer room and a multigenerational space,” Hibbard explained of the event that will highlight the nearby arts and trend scene and assistance the LGBTQ+ group. “It’s likely to be pleasurable and chaotic with tons of sashaying, posing and gushing around every other’s clothing.”

Attendees are invited to arrive dressed as dazzling, daring and colourful as they like and contend for a tiara in the ball-pageant at 7 p.m., with seven themed types: tarot card, Met Gala, gender drag, pop/rock star, upcycled/recycled, pageant wear and Y2K. The total winner will be invited to existing a manner assortment at up coming year’s occasion.

“Pull out that merchandise in your closet that’s glamorous and enjoyment that you under no circumstances get to dress in out,” Hibbard said. “There’s no judging, no hierarchy, no vetting of a individual seem or human body condition. We want to empower and uplift individuals.”

Community trend pros will present off their creations in an 8 p.m. designer runway display. Showcased will be vogue designer Janet Aguirre, upcycled vogue makers Mathilde Amiot and Joshua Thwaites, artist and garments painter Alejandro Salazar and Buck Blessed Collective founder Lena Claypool.

Hibbard arrived up with the concept for the event a single day last drop while sipping wine with his artist close friends Salazar and Ammon Sigur.

“I assumed, ‘I have all these incredible, talented buddies that really do not have a system. Let’s establish that imaginative dwelling for them,’” Hibbard stated.

Malcolm Stuart, a visual artist from Santa Rosa who will airbrush models on garments all through the function, thinks the style ball will enrich and liberate the neighborhood.

“What if everybody in the entire world wore grey? How would persons really feel? The outfits we make a decision to have on symbolize independence,” reported Stuart, who has created airbrush artwork for almost 18 many years. “Life is also limited to dull your self down to suit in.”

Showcased designer Aguirre will showcase a 7-piece pants collection designed of found and hand-sewn clothes and other components, including stuffed animals. Aguirre likes the apply of “boro” — the Japanese phrase for reworking and fixing textiles.

“I’ve been hoping for this,” explained Aguirre, who life in Cotati. “It’s a huge offer to convene for the sole function of manner. It is large. I hope people are inspired to commence crocheting, weaving and working with textiles. Functioning with the bare minimal can do the most.”

The function, initially established for Jan. 28, was postponed right until May well 28 owing to worries in excess of the spread of COVID-19.

The prepare is to make the North Bay Vogue Ball an once-a-year party, Hibbard stated.

“I hope this creates a thing that is distinctly Sonoma County,” Hibbard mentioned. “We’re not the cultural backwater of the manner and art scene of San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York. We hope the excellent unknowns of Sonoma County will come forward.”

You can achieve Staff Writer Mya Constantino at [email protected]. @searchingformya on Twitter.


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