DRAG QUEENS AND HIGH FASHION ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN
Ever since Violet Chachki’s iconic tartan reveal in season 7 of Rupaul’s Drag Race, HISKIND have seen more and more of Ru’s girls marking their mark in the fashion world. Some people think that this is a revolutionary step in terms of fashion, but knowing your herstory you’ll know that drag queens and high-fashion have always borrowed from each other and collided in perfect harmony. Now hunty’s, we’re talking high-fashion here, just as Stacey Layne Matthews once said “I feel like it’s couture.”
Low and behold, here are HISKIND’s favourite 6 times the drag world and the fashion world collided.
VIOLET CHACHKI, MISS FAME, AND PEARL DOMINATING THE MIU MIU PARTY IN PARIS.
We don’t think the guests understood what was about to happen when the found out that drag queens were coming. But when Violet, Fame, and Pearl rocked up wearing Miu Miu and looking better than half the models it was clear that drag is to be taking seriously. Miu Miu is baby brand of Prada – and like all things Prada it’s the highest of high-fashion, eclectic, and just plain couture. Is it ironic that Violet, Fame, and Pearl represent those three things too? I mean it’s easy to be fashionable really, but Miu Miu fashionable is on another level on fashion; you couldn’t picture Ginger Minj at this event could you? No shade, just the truth.
MILK FOR MARC JACOBS
Season 6 Rupaul’s Drag Race favourite, queen of all things avant garde and pretty nifty on the ice, Milk was always destined for high fashion with her haute couture looks, experimental makeup and individuality. As part of Marc Jacob’s SS16 campaign, Milk has blurred gender binaries and is photographed locking lips with boyfriend and member of American Ballet Theatre James Whiteside. Serving boy face in drag, Dan (Milk) poses in a collection that boasts American freedom and queer adoration. The queen has previously worked with the fashion designer as part of his #SkinTee campaign raising money for a cancer charity. Daring, bold and perpetually unapologetic, Milk is the face of 21st century drag in the most high fashion way possible.
ANDY WARHOL’S TRANS QUEENS
First things first, even though they’re not drag queens, their still queens in our eyes as without these girls, our community wouldn’t even be where it is today.
Herstory time kids, before there was queens at Fashion Week, there was the trans queens paving the way loud and proud with zero fucks to give. Of course, being a man ahead of times, transgender queens such as Candy Darling and Marsha P. Johnson stole the hearts of the illustrious Warhol. Andy took polaroid shots of them dolled up in light of Mae West and Monroe, including himself as his ‘alter ego’.
In Warhol’s words: “As late as ’67 drag queens still weren’t accepted in the mainstream freak circles. They were still hanging around where they’d always hung around – on the fringes … sticking to their own circles – outcasts with bad teeth and body odour and cheap make-up and creepy clothes. But then, just like drugs had come into the average person’s life, sexual burs did, too, and people began identifying a little more with drag queens, seeing them more as ‘sexual radicals’ than as depressing losers… That’s how in ’68… people started accepting drag queens – even courting them, inviting them everywhere…”
For Warhol, these girls represented all of the glamour in the world, those who dedicated their soul to the life of beauty, art, and entertainment despite the hardships and suffering that came with being different. And looking back it’s clear that Warhol was right, and having these beautiful polaroid’s is a monument in our history.
RUPAUL DOING ANYTHING EVER
What kind of traitors would we be in this list didn’t include the one true supreme Rupaul? The kind of traitors that you could have beheaded. Where do we even start with the grand high queen herself? What iconic look can we begin screaming over first from magazine covers, campaigns, red carpet looks, and music videos? This is just too much glamour.
Cementing herself as the Queen that changed everything for drag queens to come, and now teaching her majestic ways to the queens. Her fashion sense is truly her own, and it can teach us a thing or two. One, is that you can never be too overdressed for anything in life, and that is one good piece of advice, and is the pope of fashion Anna Wintour once said “If you can’t be better than your competition, then at least dress better than them.” From daytime glamour, everything glitter, wings, capes, to upstaging models on the red carpet, there is literally too many iconic looks from Rupaul to select just one, so here is a few of our favourites.
All we can is thank you Rupaul. Thanks for the beauty.
PEARL FOR DAZED AND CONFUSED
Pearl Liaison covered Dazed and Confused ‘Venus As A Boy’ which is a huge deal for anyone in any career to cover Dazed and Confused. To make things better, she had custom Louis Vuitton on… if that’s not making it then I don’t know what is. Her signature paint was adorned, topped with that vintage robotic look and everyone literally died.
Described as “beautiful, flawless, and bored out of her mind” there is just something about Pearl that keep us going back for more and more. It’s her raw and entertaining look, it’s about the glamour tinged with darkness, the Joan Jett attitude, and an iconic look that will transcend through the ages. If you haven’t already, HISKIND definitely recommend reading Pearl’s interview for Dazed – it’s touching, honest, and raw. Everything we love about Pearl. One key thing to take from it is how hard it is to look that damn good. Sometimes we forget about that part, so let’s have an appreciation moment for all the queens tucking as we speak.
“I can’t possibly do this for 20 years the way I’m doing it. I’d be lucky to, but, girl. It’s not good for your body. It’s not good for your skin. My dick is in my ass all the time, my ribs are crushed by a corset, I have bruises on my hips” – Pearl Liaison
VIOLET CHACKI FOR VOGUE ITALIA
In January of this year, Violet Chachki graced the pages of Vogue Italia. Let me just say that again, a drag queen was in vogue. So nobody can ever say again that drag queens are “jokes” and that it’s not a serious form of entertainment or art, and if anyone does, simply pull out this issue of vogue and show them Violet’s glaring cat eyes to them.
Shot by the legendary Steven Klein, the beautiful and cinematic editorial features Queen Violet amongst other models in a 1920s themed freak-show (ironic right?). Adorned the highest of couture, Violet looks like she could kill a man who mis-genders people and mocks the art form of drag. Beautiful.
This is so important because of who Violet is, and what she stands for. Representing kids out there who have daily questions about gender-identity, Violet stands loud and proud within the drag industry and the fashion industry, and is continuing the legacy of other gender-fluid queen by consistently making gender a topic of discussion that we all should be having whilst looking sickening doing so.
Here are the close-ups of Violets January16 editorial (because that’s all that really matters).
Words – Callum McIntyre