If the only occasion you’ve ever dressed up in a wild costume for in Austin is Halloween, you are missing out on what I believe is an important part of being an Austinite. While this scene may be unfamiliar to some of you, Austin is filled a not-so-secret society of revelers, who take “dressing up” to a whole other extravagant level. At the apex of this costumed crowd of crafty party goers, you will find Angeliska Polacheck. This native Austinite, who spent her fair share of time in the costume laden city of New Orleans, has become well-known for the glitzy glamorous garments she creates. This antique hustlin’, tarot readin’ queen of crafting is one of the minds behind the now defunct Gadjo Disko and Vintage Vivant parties (R.I.P.) that used to occur regularly in Austin, and she recently teamed up with a few other creative minds to bring the annual 12th Night Parade to our fair city.
Last Thursday, Angeliska showed off some of her most brilliant creations in Maison d’Etoile's newest art exhibit, Crowning Glory. On display (and for purchase) are some of Angeliska’s most elaborate headdresses that she has created over the years for everything from Mardi Gras to QUEERBOMB. Angeliska’s creations are some of the most majestic homemade coiffure covers I have ever laid eyes on. Her pieces aren’t just adornments for your head, but intricate sculptures filled with more creativity and sparkles than you could shake a stick at. Anyone who has this much imagery bubbling around in their brain (or that much patience with a glue gun) deserves to have their own show, am I right?
Check out my photos from the night and explore Angeliska’s imagination more after the jump. Also, be sure to check out these beauties in person at Maison d’Etoile located at 2109 E. Cesar Chavez. The Crowning Glory exhibit will be up until March!