The fourth annual Fashion Ball, a Ballet of the Dolls fundraiser, is an evening of fashion, dance performances, music, video, and theater. Created and produced by Minneapolis style expert Grant Whittaker, the event shows off the latest runway trends while providing unique, high-energy entertainment. "I wanted to make the focus of Fashion Ball more about the dancers, and have the secondary focus be on the models," Whittaker says. "I wanted it to be an integrated fashion event where people were seeing the most expensive clothes in the world and our own hometown version of affordable haute couture." This year's theme is "fashion revolution," and each segment of the show represents a specific period in the fashion industry. Act one builds from the 1960s to the 1990s, and ends with a post-apocalyptic future. Act two features revolutions that have impacted fashion, such as the women's movement. The dancers and models will be dressed in outfits hand-picked by Whittaker. "The clothing this year is full-on trend inspired when it comes to the models. You'll see the hottest looks from the runway. We're seeing a lot of eclectic prints, a lot of bright colors, and a mix of sheers," he says. "When it comes to the dancers, you'll see a visual of what we know haute couture to be, which is a fantasy version of fashion that people take and pull from and put into their wardrobe. A lot are costume pieces, special thrift lines from Ragstock, and specialty items and pieces that I pulled from Fashion Avenue. We are really pulling in amazing clothing." Whittaker encourages folks to wear something fun to Fashion Ball. "People attending this event should go into their wardrobe and wear the one thing that they have that they thought they'd never wear," he says. "Pull out the item that you love, but you're not sure where you're going to wear it."
March 1-2, 8 p.m., 2013