“The whole evening felt like it was made of magic.” That’s what Serena Davis, who does business development at STUDIOS Architecture, said after a momentous night at NYRP’s Hulaween 2018 where she and her colleagues took away the award for “Best Group Costume.” Hulaween is NYRP’s premiere fundraising gala and was held on October 29 at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan.
Davis and her STUDIOS Architecture cohort dressed up as David Bowie’s character Ziggy Stardust from his 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” The album is about an alien rock star conveying messages to Earth from extraterrestrials, an idea that fit perfectly with this year’s theme, “Hulaween in the Cosmos.”
“We were shocked when we won and actually asked them if they were sure they had the right table,” said Lee Sewell, an interior designer for STUDIOS.
“It’s funny, all of a sudden, you’re on stage in a very ethereal atmosphere, you’re dressed up as Bowie in this completely insane situation, and Michael Kors [the costume judge] is passing you this glowing globe as an award. It felt magical,” said Davis.
Other costume contest winners included Jon Recor, Leslie Flesner, and anonymous in the best male, female, and “Utterly Corrupt” categories respectively.