One Click Wonder: The Music Drags
With audiences flocking to ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ and ‘Wig Out!’, and a stage version of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ opening in 2009, drag is taking the West End by storm. Here we celebrate the art form’s best (and worst) practitioners...
Sunday 14 December 2008
'Paris is Burning'
Jennie Livingston’s cult 1990 documentary focused on the fabulously costumed stars of New York’s vogue ball scene, where “houses” of high-fashion black and Hispanic drag artistes battled for catwalk supremacy.
'Priscilla, Queen of the...'
The original 1994 film saw cross-dressing go mainstream, with wonderfully game performances from stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp, here seen shaking their booty to “I Will Survive”.
Divine reveals all
The muse of cult film director John Waters and star of ‘Pink Flamingos’, 21 stone transvestite superstar Divine had a personality to match his dress size. This 1981 interview reveals the man behind the make-up.
Wainwright as Garland
Renowned for his covers of Judy Garland songs, Rufus Wainwright donned the full Judy garb at Glastonbury 2007, performing “Get Happy” in stockings and high heels and thus revealing a shapely pair of pins.
Political frock up
Who said Republicans have no sense of humour? This 2000 skit sees former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani doing his best Dame Edna while fending off the amorous advances of Donald Trump.
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Arts & Ents blogs
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- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'
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