crown X Music is Art

Saturday, September 9th, the 15th annual Music is Art festival took over Buffalo Riverworks. The Music is Art Festival has always been a free event highlighting the artistic talents of individuals + groups from within our Western New York community.  The Festival has become Buffalo’s most extensive exhibition of local art, dance, and music, drawing over 20,000 throughout the day. This multi-sensory event is part concert, part bazaar, street fair + art gallery. MIA is an amazing organization which mentors artists young + old, holds instrument drives, and exposes people from every walk of life to the freedom of art. Check them out!

This year, when founder Robby Takac told us we could do whatever type of performance we wanted, we brought some crown flair to MIA. Almost anyone who's been in crown has seen our "wall of inspiration" in the restroom- a rotating collection showcasing some of the hair that has shaped our craft the most. Chelsey had a genius idea that we should recreate some of the looks, and MIA was the perfect setting for this! We cast models which are our salon guests + friends. Photographer Kelsey Jelowski captured our final looks, styled and posed similar to our original inspirations. It was awesome having so many models (and crown team) volunteer, come bare-faced in plain clothes, then get transformed live as Festival-goers looked on.

Here's what happened...

David Bowie, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Janis Joplin, June Carter + Johnny Cash, Kid Rock, Lemmy, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Shirley Manson, the Spice Girls, and Willie Nelson.

(The inspiration shots are included below to compare to our reproductions.)

wardrobe - models' own

hair - Erin, Grace, Chelsey, Julia

makeup - Katie, Courtney

photography - Kelsey Jelowski

reference images - Google

...til next year, MIA!