The Nightmare Before Christmas Sugar Art and Fashion Show promised to be a unique and memorable night of fashion and it certainly delivered. Designers presented ensembles inspired by Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas.” The show was packed with positive energy and creative artistry throughout the evening. And whether you are the type of person who wants to step out on the town in head to toe Glam, Goth or Steampunk; or someone who wants to find a unique accessory or piece to punch up your style, there were many wonderful artists and things to draw inspiration from.
The Sugar Art and Fashion Show is the brainchild of Timmery Turner, founder of Mad Girl Productions, who was also our lovely host. Timmery is a fashionista and entrepreneur who gathered different genres of emerging artists from music, fashion, photography, and art into one venue. Not only were the designers and models showcasing their art and craft, but they were also vying for a feature spread in Prysm Magazine.
As I looked around the room at The Social in Capitol Hill, guests were mingling, going to the vendor booths and taking photos with “Bad Santa”. The first thing I noticed was everyone’s dramatic makeup, but what I really enjoyed seeing was the many different types of shoes people had on: sparkle Toms, platform heels and boots in many variations – (Tiffany Blue and purple lace were my faves), and Vans and Converse sneakers.The highlight of the evening was the runway show. Our host, Timmery, was the MC and local DJ PBear provided the soundtrack for the evening. Here is a list of the featured designers plus some of things that popped in my mind as I was watching:
While Lastwear bills itself as Steampunk, it also looked like there were gypsy influences with flowing fabrics of magenta and greys, and an interesting combination of Kabuki and Goth.
This was a playful and fun collection of bubble gum-colored matching earring and necklace sets.
I had the chance to speak with designer Angelique Ashton prior to the show. She, like many of the designers, made all the pieces specifically for the show. Her line had fun elements of sparkle, goth and glam. She uses adhesives to create many of her unique pieces. Model Victoria Nucci demonstrated before the show how to walk on the stage. (I could not replicate what she was doing and I was just in low heels.)
Steamtropolis’ designs combined a Victorian with a futuristic look and included lots of feathers, metal, and billowing burgundy in the designs.
Designer Tan Tran showed a lush line of finely cut and shimmering fabrics. The first several models seemed to be channeling part Lady Gaga and partially a throwback to the 40’s in houndstooth, pointed shoulders and long lines. It was a wonderful combination of both fun and serious.
Vancouver designer Jennifer Yemu Li’s Element 7 line transcends and challenges traditional jewelry conventions. Her pieces became part of
the outfits. The models all wore black dresses and veils and the jewelry really stood out – necklaces that extended to shoulders and leg fringe. If you were looking for a way to make your little black dress truly unique, any of Element 7’s pieces would really help you do that. Earlier in the evening I got to try on some of their fabulous (and innovative) designs with model and fashion blogger Juliet Dang.
The finale of the show was Effigy Masks by artist Elisha Miller. All of her beautiful, detail-rich masks are handmade and hand painted (and perfect for a costume party or collection). She creates leather masks with many nods to Mardi Gras, Flamenco, and Dia de los Muertos.
Throughout the evening, guests were able to meet, mingle (and of course, shop!) with featured artists and photographers including Papuna, Roz Inga, Amelia Michlig, Mallory Mike, Sarah Dvojack, Alessandro Negrette, Laura Ackerman, Jennifer Magel, Velvet Mechantism, Yuko Miki and Erin LaRue.
And of course no fashion show is complete without music. Screens, and THE FAME RIOT performed sets during the night.