Friday, April 29, 2011

BLACK & LIGHT BALL VI: Galactic Society May 6, 2011

Kostume Kult and Disorient have done is again! If you are looking for the ultimate NYC dance party next weekend, you can stop your quest now and start working on your outfit as...

Disorient & Kostume Kult present: BLACK & LIGHT BALL VI: Galactic Society

Space Babes! Galactic Hotties! Naked Martians! Oh my!!

Mars 2112
1633 Broadway
New York, NY
Friday May 6, 2011 9pm

What does one wear to such an out-of-this-world event you say?
Futuristic Formalwear, Interstellar Chic, Sci-fi, Egyptian, Mayan, Atlantean, Aliens, Angels, Gods/Goddesses...or anything bright white/UV-reactive.

Personally I love Barbarella as a Space Babe or LeeLoo from The Fifth Element. Here's a list of 10 sexy space babes from Metromix for inspiration.

Handy tips:

*Yellow highlighter when drawn on the skin is black light reactive but doesn't show much in normal light.

*Ben Nye sells black light reactive face paint at Ricky's stores in NYC.

*Detergent painted on cloth will glow under a black light

*Drink Gin/Vodka & tonic, it glows!

*When all else fails, wear white!

After you are dressed to GLOW, dance to Space Jams played by the following:
Zach Moore (Space Cowboys, The Deep End | SF)
Arrow Chrome (Disorient | NYC)
The Bass (Disorient | NYC)
Boris Burning Elf (Kostume Kult | Queens)
Captain Shaggy2K (Disorient, Space Pirates | Philly)
Elixir (Disorient, Space Pirates | Philly)
Horus (Disorient | NYC)
Orion Keyser (Disorient | NYC)
Reda Briki (Disorient, Love That Fever | NYC)
Subsector (Disorient, Space Pirates | Brooklyn, Philly)

You too can enjoy the final frontier if you buy your tickets here and buy them now because the first tier tickets are already sold out!

More info on who is throwing this crazy shindig:
BLACK & LIGHT BALL is a fundraiser for Kostume Kult and Disorient, both 100% volunteer-run art collectives. Proceeds go entirely towards creating our Burning Man theme camps and public art projects.

Kostume Kult is a costume art, theme event and media collective involved in public festivals, underground art parties and street theater events.

Disorient manifests sculpture, light, sound, video, mobile, wearable, and other art installations, including the Geodesic Temple at Warsaw, Playa del Fuego, Figment, Upstate NY, and the Black Rock Desert.

Get out on the dance floor, mingle, then maybe later in the evening boldly go where no man (or many men) have gone before.

So buy your Multipass today and we'll see you in SPAAAAAaaAAAAACE!

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Dances of Vice presents The Secret Garden Spring Ball 2011

Drowning in layers of lace, wigs as high as the heavens, sipping tea or a cocktail in a lush floral garden with a gorgeous victorian gown on. Any of this sound appealing to you?

Then come to the Dances of Vice presents The Secret Garden Spring Ball on May 14th 2011

Baroque Dinner Theater, Victorian Promenade & Jazz Age Masquerade
May 14, 2011 at Morningside Castle (100 Claremont Ave, Manhattan)

Dinner Theatre & Masquerade from 6pm-12am

Romantics, Victorians, Old Souls, Steam Punks and The Fabulous in general will be there.

Here is the description from the event page:

Enjoy a dinner fit for royalty under the Gothic arches and stained glass windows of the stunning refectory hall of the castle to the dulcet sounds of live harpsichord and opera, or enjoy a series of Victorian lawn games in the castle courtyard, followed by a complete Dances of Vice Jazz Age ball.

If you’ve been missing the Dances of Vice Festival, the Spring Masquerade is what you’ve been waiting for. The program will incorporate music, fashion and entertainment from the various historical eras we’ve celebrated since our inception in 2007, as well as a gallery of fine arts vendors.

GENERAL Admission: $20.00
* 8PM Doors, 8:30PM Tour
* 9PM Masquerade Entry
* Victorian Promenade (Courtyard)

DINNER ONLY Admission: $35.00
* 6PM Doors
* 7-9PM Baroque Dinner Theater + Buffet (See Menu)
* Tax & gratuity included

VIP Admission: $55.00 ($50 Early Bird Discount Until 4/10!)
* 6PM Doors, 6:30 Tour
* 7-9PM Baroque Dinner Theater + Buffet (See Menu)
* Tax & gratuity included
* Victorian Promenade (Courtyard)
* 9PM Masquerade Entry


Tickets are also available on BROWN PAPER TICKETS.

- RSVP on Facebook

Dress Code: Baroque, Victorian, Edwardian, Early Century, Orientalist, Masquerade, Elegant or Evening Attire.

DIRECTIONS: Morningside Castle is a short 4 minute walk from 1 Train at 116th Columbia University. Walk NE on Bway toward W116th, turn left at W120th, turn right at Claremont.

I've been watching period movies such as The Duchess to become inspired. I only wish I had unlimited talent and budget to recreate such beautiful garments. Guess I should just focus on a tremendous hat or wig. Hmm..

Anyway dust off your corsets and knickers and powder up your wig for this amazing event. These costumers are very serious and strive for authenticity. Check out some pictures here. You will not want to miss.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Horned Ball 7 Recap Photos and Herds of Sexy Unicorn!

Oh what a night...
First huge props go to the Kostume Kult Horned Ball decorating crew. Campfires and torch chandeliers made of fans, fabric and light dimly lit the 2 floors of the venue transforming Santo's Party House into a Nordic Viking Paradise including ice cave dance floor! It was really an amazing effort that resulted in the best produced Horned Ball I have been to yet.

But first, it was an eventful evening before I even arrived downtown. I dressed at my apartment in Queens and called a car service. The driver didn't seem to notice my strange attire and was way more concerned with his GPS then actually driving, resulting in us hitting a curb and nearly driving over the sidewalk before we got 2 blocks from my place. The following part of the story I am not proud of. My bad driver was listening to the GPS instead of my directions thus taking us around in circles and not closer to the highway. Frustrated and running late I have to admit I yelled at him a little. However once we are on the BQE I thought we were good to go. How wrong I was. Suddenly we are spinning around out of control in the middle of the highway while cars swerve and angrily beep at us! We spin, hit the guardrail and come to a stop facing the wrong way in traffic. Turns out he realized we are in the wrong lane at the very last possible second and cut someone off so severely they hit the back of our car sending us into a tail spin. Cop just happened to be 100 feet behind us, stops traffic, asks if I am OK. Then notices I'm dressed as a UNICORN!

Cop: "So where you headed tonight?"
Me: "A Costume party."
Cop: "It's April you know"
Me: "Yes sir, I am aware."

I thought for sure he was going to search me for drugs. But clearly he has been on the NYPD for a while and was fairly unfazed by the whole thing. Drivers exchange info. Traffic resumes. My driver is too scared to pull out into traffic, I have to talk him through the rest of our trip. Come to find out its his first week driving in NYC and now he's been scared to badly he doesn't think he wants to do it anymore. Good lord, get me out of this car! I gave him some money, wished him luck and told him to go slow on his way home. Thank goodness nobody was hurt.

Arriving early at the party was nice, got to take in the decorations, meet some people and watch the body painters in action. I was supposed to be a Kostume Kult greeter, but there wasn't much organization going on and no good place to greet so I did my best to be social and put the good word of KK out there. Perhaps next time I will bring my megaphone and mega greet people. The Gong show was crazy and funny and there are a lot of talented vikings out there. Who knew?

On to my costume, Sexy Unicorn Part 2! I was a Sexy Unicorn for Horned Ball 5, but it was a pretty half baked attempt. This time was way better and I met a lot of fellow Unicorns. Thinking we should join together and go for runs in a herd or more likely just prance. I'm pretty sure thats what Unicorns like to do. My Unicorn horn was the inspiration for the whole costume. It was actually a Christmas ornament I found and stuck into a piece of styrofoam that I wired and hot glued to a headband. I basically secured it will 2 sticks of hot glue and prayers. Obviously not being used to an extra foot of height, I bonked my horn on doorways and decorations and even a few people. Oops sorry. It lasted the whole night though! Didn't even leave it in the cab on the way home.

More importantly I would like to point out my red and white striped spandex body suit! YES!! Total cost: $10. I'm very proud of this successful piece of rogue sewing. I basically cut, draped on my own body and trial and error sewed it together till it fit. The stripes are so damn awesome! The wig is the same one I wore to the Alt. Oscar Party. Did you notice the black belt? Hello fanny pack! Haha Hey I can't have a purse taking away from this look. I should've taken better close up pictures but the night always seems to fly by! Next time I will set aside an hour before for the photo shoot. I wore 2 pairs of eyelashes to the party which was a challenge! I put the bottom ones on first, let them fully dry and then did the top. It looked very cool but restricted my peripheral vision quite a bit. It also make my eyes tired quickly I will wear smaller ones on the bottom next time.

I ended up going home early-ish due to over serving myself and being fairly unable to walk in my heels after a while. While they were the hottest of shoes, my already poor dancing skills suffered and my middle right toe has been numb since the party. The bodysuit suffered some dirt stains due to a spill or two, oh boy! I have to look up how to wash spandex cause I definitely want to wear this again. It was a 9 in the comfort level, but a -2 in the easy-to-go-to-the-bathroom category.

Anyway everyone looked amazing. Check out some more photos on Metro Mix and Time Out NY.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Kostume Girl joins twitter

I'm learning to use Twitter and its totally fun. I know I'm the last person on Earth, but I really didn't get it when I joined about a year ago.
Now I'm all about tweeting.
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