By Tiffany Baptiste
The Baton Rouge Gallery, a BREC facility, is set to hold it 8th annual Surreal Salon Soiree on Friday, Jan. 22. The event allows gallery visitors to become pieces of art themselves when they parade around in over the top creative costumes of their own design.
With a little over a week to go until the event, you still have time to come up with your own costume for the soiree. All you need is some inspiration and a little creativity. First, find your inspiration whether it be nature or something that strongly interests you. Let that love be your guide.
If you are looking to express yourself on a small scale, try adding just a few fun accessories such as a hat, headband or fascinator. One current fun but couture trend is glam animal ears. One way to wear to wear this trend is kitten ear headbands. Stores such as Forever 21 carry a collection of kitten ear headbands of different styles for less than $10. You can get a pair made from leather and studs, beads, metal with pearls or metal trimmed in flowers.
Another big trend with the animal ears are the lace bunny ears with or without a veil as seen on Khloé Kardashian. These bunny ears are far removed from the Playboy Bunny style ears you may have worn for Halloween. These ears can be worn with just a little black dress or any all black outfit for a touch of edgy glam.
A Bit More Pizzazz
To up the ante, try some of the wild and fun makeup trends you may have seen on the runway along with a colorful fun wig. Play with contrasting ideas by pairing some dark, intense makeup with a brightly colored wig.
Surreal Salon is also your chance to try some of the hair color trends and styles you may have been afraid of trying with your own hair. Try the platinum hair trend, a bob with a colorful hombre, pastel colored hair or even bangs. This is your chance to be someone else or your other personality for a night.
Going All Out
Still too subtle for your personality? If you are the type to go all out, go for it. Whether you may want to play the dark and mysterious type or stand out like Lady Gaga nothing is off limits for this event.
One idea for a fun but couture style costume is to use some unique pieces to make your outfit. Make a corset entirely out of wire or lights if you have a little bit of engineer in you. Make a skirt completely out of balloons or flowers. Make an entire dress from the millions of Mardi Gras beads you have stored in the attic or the garage. Nothing is considered too crazy or out of the box.
Feel free to let yourself become a piece of art because the Surreal Salon Soiree is all about the art and expression. No one said that the painting and sculptures have to be the only works of art. Besides, why should they be the only ones to make an impression and get all of the attention?
Advanced tickets for the Surreal Salon Soiree are currently available online at the Baton Rouge Gallery’s website for $20 or $24 if you plan to attend in costume. Tickets at the door will be $25 for costumed guests and $29 for non-costumed guests.