North Bay Fashion Ball pushes boundaries and creates safe space for all

Area style designers joined forces May perhaps 28 for the to start with North Bay Fashion Ball and Pageant at Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater to profit Face to Confront, a Santa Rosa nonprofit firm working to conclusion HIV in Sonoma County.

To kick off the evening, dancers from Santa Rosa Junior School and Isis Goddess Temple, an interfaith temple in Geyserville, accompanied by drummers, paraded close to the location “to develop a towering cyclone of booty-shaking strength,” according to organizer Cincinnatus Hibbard.

Attendees, inspired to occur dressed in vivid and daring outfits, then took to the runway for a chance to gain a tiara in one particular of eight themed groups: tarot card, Satisfied Gala, gender drag, pop/rock star, upcycled/recycled, pageant have on, Y2K and miscellaneous.

Sporting a handmade rainbow bodysuit, Jaqueline Smith was declared the all round winner and was awarded an invitation to present a fashion assortment at future year’s party.

A trend clearly show highlighted works by designers and stylists handpicked by Hibbard, just about every symbolizing a unique aesthetic and age group. Featured were being designer Janet Aguirre, moral vogue duo Mathilde Amiot and Joshua Thwaites from Significant Mouth Distinctive, artist and clothing painter Alejandro Salzar and Buck Lucky Collective founder Lena Claypool.

The evening finished with a effectiveness by Yozmit the Dogstar.

Tickets to the ball had been $15. Pageant contestants obtained in for $7.50.

The celebration elevated far more than $2,500 for Encounter-to-Facial area and an nameless donor matched the sum. Funds elevated will go toward the organization’s prevention and care applications, which present HIV testing and direct assistance to Sonoma County inhabitants dwelling with HIV.

“When you break apparel procedures, which determine social identifications and roles, you destabilize these and perhaps generate liberty … it is an act of rebel,” Hibbard reported.