This fashion show was a welcome change from the typical runway show - instead of a catwalk, there was a stage, and all of the models were dancers who each performed for an entire song, allowing the audience to get a full appreciation of their crazy club kid inspired costumes. Each costume also correlated with a different flavor of Vitamin Water, leaving no room for drab colorless costumes.
I thought all the designers did a fabulous job at creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces and performances, but the ones that stood out to me the most were Aaron Flynn and Billy Beastly’s dramatic Japanese Kabuki theater-looking ensemble and Amelia Raley’s steampunk-esque costume (with a mechanical bird attached to the front!). The winner of the contest was Angeliska Polacheck whose sparkly pink unicorn design was reminiscent of her (and my) girly ’90s childhood obsessions with Lisa Frank, Jem, and all things magical and sparkly. Did I mention that her model was also a pole dancer?
Congrats to everyone for putting together an amazing show! Click ‘read more’ to see more photos from the night.
Austin monsters gathered in their glitziest Gaga garb at The Highball on Friday for the first ever Gagarazzi! The event, by Homespun Horror and benefiting Equality Texas, was put on to raise awareness about LGBT inequality. Featuring amazing performances by local burlesque troupes, musicians, and dancers as well as a Gaga-themed raffle and photo booth, the night was a wonderful dedication to a powerful artist and cause. Paws up for equality!
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Dressing the Sound: Jenny Gacy of The White White Lights
Note: This story was written in July for Backbeat Austin, two months before the devastating wildfires occured in Bastrop, TX. Jenny Gacy and her boyfriend, Jonas Wilson (also of The White White Lights) lost their home, recording studio, and most everything they owned in the fires. For information on how you can help Jenny and Jonas, as well as other victims of this terrible tragedy, please see the links listed at the end of this story.
The first time I saw The White White Lights, I was immediately drawn to their potently energetic short-haired front woman, Jenny Gacy. The group is an experimental indie glam rock band from right here in Austin, TX. That night, Gacy was peering over the mic with her strategically drawn cat eyes. She simultaneously shrieked and crooned hauntingly while pounding on her keyboard to the sweaty packed crowd, turning the dusty ground of the Emo’s outdoor stage into a dance floor - all while wearing a little black dress and kitten heels.
Runway show featuring hair and make-up by Jose Luiz Salon and styles from By George, C. Jane, Estilo, The Garden Room, Julian Gold, Saks Fifth Avenue, Service Menswear, Feathers, Kendra Scott Jewelry, MOSS, and Y&I Clothing Boutique.
9 PM - 2 AM, 21+, $7 at the door/$5 with costume (to benefit Equality Texas)
Show at 10pm (pre-show music videos and more at 9pm, post show dance party until 2am) GET THERE EARLY! They are set to sell out/fill up fast.
Performances By: The Jigglewatts, Dolls From The Crypt, Black Widow Burlesque, Austin City Showgirls, Oh Baby Burlesque, Stars & Garters, Brass Ovaries, Jasper St. James, The Jezebelles, Sky Van Vliet, Phil and His Uke and Sam Stomphorst. Professor Conrad and the Lab Punks will be providing interactive entertainment in front of the venue and Homespun Horror will be providing a video/music pre-show from 9-10pm while you check out the raffle!
Costume Contest w/Prizes for Best Gaga, Most Creative and Most Original. Raffle will hold Original Paintings, Gift Baskets, Gift Cards & Certificates, Gaga Monster Ball Merchandise, One of a Kind Gaga Barbie Doll & More.