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Royal fashion: Drag designs

By Kyra Smith-Cullen in Arts & Entertainment

April 26,2012


Photo courtesy of Scarlet Feva

Participants at the Gay Strait Alliance’s third annual drag show on Friday proved that it is not what you wear; it’s how you feel while wearing it that matters.

The night included the diva drag queen Scarlet Feva, who had no less than three costume changes. While most of the outfits involved a lower neckline and short shorts, the final ensemble was a shoulder baring, floor length black dress. During a time for the audience to ask questions, Feva informed us that the jewelry, all large and sparkly pieces that were designed to catch the eye, was custom made for her. Another queen, Guadelupe, also favored thigh baring designs.  One of her dresses involved a skirt with sectioned segments of fabrics to allow for a slightly tattered look that was interesting.

Other queens wore more demure dresses, like Fonda Cox. Both of her dresses were floor length, with purple being the dominant color choice. One of her outfits seemed to have hailed from a different time, where bold patterns and trumpet sleeves were the primary design. One of the other queens, Nikki Night, chose to wear a tiger print dress with one of those cat eared head bands in addition to the common cheerleader outfit and pompom she paraded on stage in.

However, there was no doubt that the most exposed drag queen was Kitty, who started in a red coat and ended in a thin skirt and a bra.

Then there was an appearance by the drag king band Blue balls, who took me back to the era of boy bands with facial hair and choreographed dance numbers. While the band member lip-synced the song – not that there haven’t been rumors that Backstreet Boys did the same – the baggy jeans and loose shirts were definitely fashions reminiscent of the men that caused thousands of teenaged girls to scream. There was one other drag king present, dressed similar to the famed pirate, Jack Sparrow.

Being a drag performer is a lot of work, even if the participants made it look easy. Things get expensive, the ridicule can be overwhelming, and make up takes an hour and a half to apply. But even with all the hassle involved, the participants walked on stage with a confidence that is hard to match, no matter what they wear.


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