If high fashion seems a little too pretentious and self-important, this fashion show might be right up your alley. Fashion fans seeking a more whimsical way to approach haute couture should check out the Halloween & Party Expo on Saturday, January 28, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Award-winning event designer-turned-instructor Carmen Ballering creates sculptures and haute couture fashion from uninflated latex balloons, and you can see her work firsthand at the Balloon Couture Fashion Show -- the first of its kind at the convention center here in Houston.
Ballering is based in Miami and has been working in the party industry for more than 20 years. She is an instructor at the Event Decorating Academy in Miami, a school she founded for artists to learn all aspects of event decorating from fabric draping to centerpieces to floral design. Ballering is a multi-award-winning balloon artist and decorator whose couture fashion designs have been featured on runways and on television.
In addition to two fashion shows of Carmen Ballering's work, the January 28 expo will include vendor booths, seminars and networking opportunities. The expo runs January 28-31, with the fashion shows held on January 28 at 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.; the fashion show is free to all Halloween & Party Expo attendees. Educational sessions include classes on marketing, balloon design, tablescapes, body painting and social media.
The Expo is a four-day event, with daily registration/check-in starting at 8 a.m. The daily schedule is as follows: Saturday, January 28, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, January 29, 9 a.m.-TBD; Monday, January 30, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, January 31, 9 a.m.-noon.
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