Thursday, April 9, 2015

*Bonnet Bash @ National Arts Club, Accessory Design and More*

This spring kicked off with an exciting invitation from the Fashion Committee at the National Arts Club to design the d├ęcor for the annual Milliner’s Guild ‘Bonnet Bash.’ Who doesn’t love a fancy hat party?! This years theme ‘Into the Woods’ inspired me to design jeweled elven sprites to wear the hats, woodland nests, a stage draped in rich olive green cloth with matching foliage, tables set with burch candles, moss, birds and butterflies, and fashion adorned muses draped in earthy mesh and flowing green and brown fabric. I'm so happy, the event was such a hit!! People were lined up down the block, awaiting to join the festively adorned crowd in this historic Gramercy park location. 
                                'Into the Woods' event decor designed by Sarah Sparkles 2015

Hats by members of the Milliner's Guild

'Into the Woods' decor installation by Sarah Sparkles and Dicie Carlson
                                                           What a fabulous crowd!!!
For more pix from this enchanting evening, check out the Photo spread by Tod Seelie in the Gothamist . Special thanks to David Zyla and Nina Urban from the Fashion Committee, the Milliners Guild, and the National Arts Club.

While on the subject of fabulous hats, headdresses, and hair accessories, my passion for design in that realm has been growing exponentially. One of my favorite recent commissions was for the illustrious Katherine Crockett, star of Queen of the Night. She asked for a headdress with many jeweled cascades and dangles, alluding to glamorous, glittering icicles. J'adore! 

                                    Katherine Crockett- Photo by Steven Trumon Grey

Another recent favorite was a custom design headpiece for Kostume Kult's Horned Ball, made with Swarovski crystals, acrylic gems, and a titanium treated druzy geode pendant.There are more exciting headdress commissions underway, and new designs from the Vintage Glamor Accessories line for upcoming trunk shows, so stay tuned.

In other exciting news, my book Parades, Parties, and Protests is being featured in an exhibit at the Museum at Bethel Woods, home of the 1969 Woodstock festival. The book as well as 30 of my photos will be included in the slideshow of the exhibit 'Peace, Love, Unity, Respect: The Rise of Electronic Music Culture in America' featured in the Museum's Special Exhibit Gallery.

The show is up from April 4th- May31st. If you can take a day to drive into the woods, check it out. Happy Spring!!!