According to party organizer Marcea Flowers, the ball earned around $1,600 for Pinkney, which doesn't include the ball's earnings through PayPal tickets nor the numerous auction items (which included an original painting by Phil Lear).
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Last weekend, Matthew Schniper and I attended the Unsurpassable Prince and Paupers Steampunk Ball at the INKQB8TR.
The event was a fundraiser for local artist Myles Pinkney, who has been in the hospital for about a month battling a severe infection. Pinkney is now doing better, according to a friend, and Saturday's party was a great show of support.
INKQB8TR hosts Douglas and Mallori Rouse decked out their industrial art studio beautifully, with a side room set for merchandise tables (decked out themselves, with an incredible array of handmade crafts, from crocheted mushrooms to hand-sewn corsets and bustles to funky, ironic jewelry, all done by locals) and a stage area flanked by flamboyant trees from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's past production of The Producers.
Entertainment included live music, an auction, and great performances by magician Lynx TheAnimator and local burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties. (You can see shots from the show, courtesy Broken Glass Photography, here.)
Yet the guest costumes were the best part, by far. Matt and I made do with what we had, but attendees dressed to the nines in all the Victorian-meets-Guy Ritchie's-Sherlock Holmes-meets-Edwardian explorer gear you can imagine. And they were happy to pose for pictures, too. (Not unlike the crowd at last summer's Nan Desu Kan.)
Our favorite had to be this young woman, who came complete with a mechanical parrot on her shoulder:
For more pictures, click here to view Matt's slideshow.