To celebrate the start of their 15th season on TV, the cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race strutted their stuff around the usually quiet and well-to-do Brooklyn Museum. This was only the half of it, their costumes had been influenced by the work of Thierry Mugler. Since November last year, the Brooklyn Museum has been showcasing the Mugler exhibition, namely Couturissime. All 16 drag performers from the Drag Race show took to the corridors in outlandish costumes to raise hairs and whiten faces while giving the rest of us a great time.
RuPaul’s Drag Race is a show about finding the best and most impressive drag queen to become a celebrity on American TV and beyond. A talent show like The X Factor, each drag queen must entertain and impress with a splendid and fabulous foray of fantastic performances. Only the best will do, which is why each one is eager to make themselves known. The parade of cross-dressing men was led through the entire exhibit by Mugler’s Head of Archives Marion Bourdée. She said “The art of transformation is what connects drag and Mugler together” Vogue. As well as the iconic fragrances that sell all over the world, Mugler created hundreds of designs during his golden era between the 1970s and 90s. The clothes worn by the drag queens all drew heavily on the influence of this iconic designer.
By emulating the visual effect of a good looking and well-dressed woman, these delightful drag queens are able to show that so much of what we call attraction and feminine is all a trick of the eye. Hopefully it can teach a few of us a lesson about looking for the person behind the façade when choosing friends and lovers. It can also perhaps show some of us that there’s more to life than binary choices.
Check out the Vogue Magazine showcase of what they all wore and why.
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