Past & Present Participants

Taste of Style PDX is an idea founded in the belief that together our community can accomplish more. It wasn’t enough for Portland-based hair stylist Chris Vandehey to win the Global Style Awards and see his avant garde hair pieces gracing the covers of magazines; he wanted to share his heart and experience with fellow stylists, and to find a way to give back to his artistic and creative community. When he was approached six years ago to base a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank around his award-winning fantasy hair creations, a light went off in his head; thus Taste of Style PDX was born.

“I realized I could satisfy several of my passions at once.  I could feed hungry people and at the same time stoke creativity in my fellow stylists, including those just getting started in their careers.   And most importantly I could literally provide them a runway to display their creations.” -Chris Vandehey

In 2015 he launched the first Taste of Style PDX showa fundraiser that features a runway competition – but not just any kind of runway competition - this competition allows dozens of seasoned hair stylists to design and model themed fantasy hair creations for the annual event’s runway shows alongside up-and-coming trending local designers who are selected to showcase their collections. At the same time, Chris could use Taste of Style PDX to help launch the lives and careers of local stylists, designers and models down a different runway: encouraging them to contribute to their community by setting them on a course of volunteerism and charitable giving through art, kindness, acceptance and creativity.


Ali Arledge

Challenge Stylist

Meet Ali Arledge - a People's Choice Award Winner from Taste of Style PDX
2019! Ali has been a hairstylist for more than 10 years and is currently working at Luxe Artistry in Camas, Washington when she is not at home spending time with her family or enjoying the great outdoors!


Lisa Houser

Challenge Stylist

Meet Stylist Lisa Houser owner of Utopia Salon in Vancouver Washington. Lisa has been a Challenge Stylist for Taste of Style PDXfor the past 5 years and this will be her 6th - that's EVERY year! Lisa has been a stylist and philanthropic community leader for more than 10 years. Her charitable programs include Give More 25, Taste of Style PDX and a partnership with Vancouver School District to give low income and special needs kids free haircuts for back to school. Lisa is an absolutely wonderfully talented stylist, a rare heart and a true joy to spend time with.


Amber Ebel

Challenge Stylist
Meet Stylist Amber Ebel! Amber's career in the beauty industry began in 2018 when she first enrolled at Aveda Institute Portland; but her love of makeup started far before that. She was born and raised in Illinois where she began doing hair and makeup for friends, family, and theater events. Moving to the PNW has given me the opportunity to learn from the best! Her goal with her hair and makeup career is to make every person she meets and has the privilege of working with feeling beautiful, empowered, and ready for whatever life throws at them!

Wintress "Honeybee" Watson

Challenge Stylist
Meet Wintress Watson!  Wintress is a passionate makeup artist who has worked on a wide variety of models in many capacities from body positivity projects all the way up to serving runway looks! She's worked with Curvy Chic Closet & Runway, Portland Fashion Week, Honeybee Couture, Fringe Fashion PDX, Dubard, and many more! 

Tatianna Dennis

Challenge Stylist

Meet Stylist Tatianna Dennis! Tatianna is a former honored TOS Board member, currently managing the salon at Ulta Beauty and a National Educator with Paul Mitchell. Tatianna is a wonderfully skilled color Stylist with a passion for bold colors and intensely beautiful creations! 


Julie Danforth Design

Fashion Designer
Julie Danforth is a Seattle native where she has been active in the fashion community and industry for more than 15 years. Her classic gowns have beautifully sharp lines that compliment the body shape. Paired with large skirts that would make anyone swoon and beautiful detail - 

Meticulously Eccentric

Fashion Designer
Fresh from California comes Andreya Taylor-Shorter with her gowns and clothing that are not for the wallflower. Bright colors, bold patterns, cut outs, neoprene - and that's just the start! Andreya expresses her love for all the art and color in life through her unique and curve-enhancing fashions that compliment any body type! 


Fashion Designer
Dubard is a local favorite in the Portland area, with her slinky gowns that hug the body and accentuate the natural shape of a woman, there is no way to not look sexy in a Dubard gown by Lucy Howard. With 20 years experience designing in the fashion industry, Lucy makes her own patterns and sews each gown made herself. 

Participation Guidelines:

  • Makeup and attire must compliment the hairstyle. Remember, this is a hair fashion gala.
  • Models are required to wear black clothing to compliment & highlight your hair artistry.
  • Hair may include coloring, hairpieces, wigs, and weaves (no limit). The style should be at least 60% hair with no more than 40% accessories. "Hair" may be synthetic in nature.
  • Models MUST participate in Model Auditions, Model Bootcamp and Dress Rehearsals. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Taste of Style will provide a backstage model room for hair, makeup, and fashion touch-ups.
  • Models will be expected to be complete prior to the show.
  • All models will be at least 21 years of age and cannot consume any alcohol on the premises. Models must sign a release form for Taste of Style/Angel Hair Foundation as well as abide by the Code of Conduct outlined in the Model Audition packet.
  • Taste of Style/Angel Hair Foundation will not be held responsible for any allergies or other medical issues that may arise as a result of hair products or make-up used in or around the models, or any food or drink ingested at the event.
  • Participants are expected to ensure models conduct themselves with integrity and respect throughout the evening.

Backstage Guidelines:

  • This year due to COVID we will only be allowing models, stylists, designers, production staff and other event-related volunteers to be present at the show. All participants are required to wear a mask. If you have any other questions regarding backstage set up or COVID safety and TOS, please feel free to email Director, Chris Vandehey, at

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