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Masked marvels: Who's behind those astonishing feathered extravaganzas and leather horned disguises?

Masked marvels: Who's behind those awesome feathered disguises?

13 David Crawford, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Tripp Carter Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
David Crawford, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Tripp Carter. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Houston Ballet Ball honorees Bobby and Phoebe Tudor  — a glamorous duo in their custom-made masks. Photo by Fulton Davenport/PWL Studio
8 Taylor DeMartino and Randi McBroom Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Taylor DeMartino and Randi McBroom. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
26 Mimi Hassenboehler, from left, C.C. Conner and David Groover Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Mimi Hassenboehler, from left, C.C. Conner and David Groover. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Leigh and Reggie Smith Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Leigh and Reggie Smith. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Lisa Tudor, from left, Michael Sichel and Milton Townsend Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Lisa Tudor, from left, Michael Sichelm, both of New Orleans, and Milton Townsend. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
23 Phillip and Lori Sarofim Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Phillip and Lori Sarofim. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Beth Muecke, from left, Shannon Hall, Debbie Festari and Marcus Sloan Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Beth Muecke, from left, Shannon Hall, Debbie Festari and Marcus Sloan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
27 Isabel and Danny David Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Isabel and Danny David. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
36 Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt in the mask custom designed for her by David Peck. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
7 Ellie Francisco Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Ellie Francisco. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
18 Karina Barbieri, left, and Maria Bassa Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
Karina Barbieri, left, and Maria Bassa. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Jonathan Glus and Alton LaDay. Courtesy of Facebook
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, February 2015
Geoff Connor and Joanne King Herring. Courtesy of Facebook
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, February 2015
The black velvet draping and crystal chandeliers provided the perfect backdrop at Wortham Theater Center for the masked revelers. Courtesy of Facebook
13 David Crawford, from left, Terry Wayne Jones and Tripp Carter Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, Phoebe Tudor, Bobby Tudor, February 2015
8 Taylor DeMartino and Randi McBroom Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
26 Mimi Hassenboehler, from left, C.C. Conner and David Groover Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
12 Leigh and Reggie Smith Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
9 Lisa Tudor, from left, Michael Sichel and Milton Townsend Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
23 Phillip and Lori Sarofim Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
19 Beth Muecke, from left, Shannon Hall, Debbie Festari and Marcus Sloan Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
27 Isabel and Danny David Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
36 Richard Flowers and Lynn Wyatt at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
1 Diane Lokey Farb and Mark Sullivan Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
7 Ellie Francisco Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
3 Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
18 Karina Barbieri, left, and Maria Bassa Masks at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, February 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, February 2015
News, Shelby, Houston Ballet Ball, masks, February 2015

Air kisses flew from serious distance Wednesday night as Houston Ballet Ball patrons dodged the ostrich plumes, leather beaks and dangling beads that adorned masks which were requisite attire for "The Masked Ball." 

Most among the black-tie cotillion of 450 either wore or carried masks, some guests more recognizable than others in the dazzling Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center.

Cheers to ball chairs Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Monsour Taghdisi and Henry Richardson for the clever salute to the ballet's upcoming premiere of Stanton Welch's "Romeo and Juliet" and the remarkable fete of securing well over $1 million.

Guests enthusiastically embracing the mask theme sourced their decorative disguises from as far away as Venice and New Orleans and as close as fashion designer David Peck's workshop where he created custom masks for guests including Lynn Wyatt and Bridgette Lee. He also designed the gowns and matching masks for Erin O'Leary Stewart and Jessica Collado.

Ball honorees — Phoebe and Bobby Tudor — had custom masks befitting their high status. Her's was a red lace confection, matching her Carolina Herrera gown, by custom milliner Cathy Roscoe. His leather Venetian-style mask was by Kate McNee of New Orleans. Bobby's sister, Lisa Tudor, also of New Orleans, had the mask made for the honoree.

Terrie and Mike Turner were among those wearing masks from Venice. Beth Muecke found hers at Southern Imports while Ceron wore a ribbon and lace mask by Dolce & Gabbana. Caterer extraordinaire Jackson Hicks oversaw the gala dinner, wearing his feathered facial covering that he picked up in Montreal. And, as mentioned in the initial Ballet Ball story, Lucinda and Javier Loya wore striking masks created for them by Hermès in New York.

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