Bauhaus costume

Ah, the offseason, when the tourists stop coming and locals try to take a breather for at least a few weeks. It’s also the perfect time to make summer plans, and if you’ve been following the Bauhaus 100 events that have been happening around town, you’re probably already thinking about your costume for the Bauhaus Ball on June 6.

The ball, which will be hosted at the Wheeler Opera House, is part of the many events taking place up and down the valley to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art movement. The event harkens back to the fabulous costume parties that the Bauhaus School was known for in the 1920s and ’30s, often featuring flamboyant, sculptural costumes.

In order to help people craft these wonderful, artistic outfits, the Red Brick Center for the Arts is hosting a series of costume workshops, starting Wednesday. 

“Amazing parties are part of the tradition of the school,” said Sarah Roy, executive director of the Red Brick Center. “An element of the ball is that people are encouraged to wear costumes, so we’re running workshops for people who want to create something.”

Taught by local fashion designer and educator Mirjam Rosner, the workshops will offer basic supplies such as fabric in the iconic Bauhaus primary colors. 

Rosner has a Pinterest board specifically crafted to help costume-builders with their ideas and is happy to work with people to help turn their most fanciful ideas into a reality.

“I’m hoping to help people design something they didn’t they could,” she said. “Trying to help people express their creativity.”

Roy said people are encouraged to bring art scraps and recycled material to help with their costumes, and should look at Rosner’s Pinterest board and other Bauhaus collections to get inspiration for the ball. 

The workshops are open to anyone and can be attended more than once. There will also be a maker space at the Wheeler on the day of the ball with more opportunities for people to buy and make the perfect costume.

The Bauhaus Ball Costume Workshops will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 8, 15, 22 and 29 (the May 15 workshop is sold out). Workshops cost $35 per class and people may register at 

It’s not every day you get to work with a fashion designer to craft something so artistic and unique, so head on over to the Red Brick and be more than prepared for the biggest ball of the summer.

“I hope people come with an awesome mindset,” Rosner said, “to live in that Bauhaus spirit they had in the ‘30s.”

Chapman is the web editor for Aspen Daily News. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Nescwick.