Highball rings in 10 years of Halloween fashion

Walking down the runway at the 2016 HighBall Halloween Costume Couture Fashion Show, a model showcases Shiree Houf’s intricate hand-made gown. Inspired by Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” the garment features painted fabric, tissue paper, beads, yarn and other products that helped create a textured look.

When Ohio State alumna Shiree Houf created intricate art-inspired garments for the competitive 2016 HighBall Halloween Costume Couture Fashion Show, she proudly took home first place.

This year, Houf returns for her sixth time and brings her new runway designs to the 10th anniversary of this two-day celebration of Halloween couture.

“This is an opportunity like no other because they give you a lot of creative freedom… to create whatever the heart desires,” said Houf, who is also an adjunct professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, a full-time mother and currently nine months pregnant.

HighBall, which also features live music and costume contests for the general public, is hosted by the Short North Alliance, located between Goodale Street and Nationwide Boulevard, and is dedicated to raising money for the Short North Arts District.

Betsy Pandora, executive director of SNA and head of HighBall, said this event allows for original designs and is great for the sustainability of the Short North.

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