What to Wear to the
Blushing Orchid Ball: Haute Couture to High Drag
Now that we're only a month
away from the Blushing Orchid Ball, Theatre Bay Area's new annual
fundraising gala, it's
time to go over your checklist. Nerves a-jumble with excitement? Check. Tickets reserved in advance? Check.
Got a killer outfit? Chec—well, let's talk about that.
Now, we're not going to suggest that your outfit ain't killer—work that argyle sweater, baby! But there's such a range of ways you can rock your socks at BOB (as we affectionately call it), and we don't want to stifle your creativity!
Photo: "click your heels 3 times . . ." by Andrea Janda. Used under Creative Commons license.
At BOB, we'll be awarding three
different attire-related prizes, so as you're planning your ensemble, you may like to consider how it might fit
within any of the following categories. Don't be limited by these suggestions, though! Let your imagination soar!
Award 1: Best dressed.
This category is for all you classic sophisticates out there, whether you're smokin' in designer
clothes or you're
such a fashionista that whatever you wear is à la mode. Think of your best
evening wear (but make sure you can dance in it!).
Award 2: Best use of our
That's HEX Code #cc3569 or
for all you color nerds!
What hue might that be? Hint: see the name of the gala! What does "blushing
look like? Look no further than here, on our new website! It's an elegant
shade of magenta, with notes of fuchsia and strawberry. What do we mean by "best use"? Think clever. Perhaps you're sporting a dark ball gown, but your heels, makeup, headpiece or jewelry adds a daring splash of pink to your outfit. Think of Audrey Hepburn's costume in the horse race scene of My Fair Lady. Or maybe you're in a tux—brighten up your sartorial splendor with a blushing orchid cummerbund, boutonniere, bow tie and/or handkerchief!
Award 3: Most original
You might have heard that at BOB we'll be screening the Tony Awards on East Coast
time. Let this be your inspiration to come dressed in something with a little
more flair—even a full costume, if that tickles your fancy! Do you have a favorite character from
a musical (Hedwig, anyone?) or a favorite drag queen (Hedwig, anyone?)?
A panel of esteemed
judges from diverse backgrounds—drag, fashion, government and
celebrity-dom—will pick the winners. We're keeping the
judges' names a mystery for now, though, just so any
overzealous contenders don't attempt to bribe.
The main prizes will be eternal fame and glory, but as if that weren't enough, winners will also receive tangible earthly delights. We
promise it will be more than worth it.
See you at the ball (and on the runway)!