Fashion is the total package. It’s not just about what clothes you throw on your back or how you style your hair. It’s everything! It’s the music we listen to, the television and movies we watch, it’s our hobbies, it’s art, architecture, it’s food, it’s life! Fashion is a living breathing organism that is always evolving, growing, and progressing. Vidal Sassoon loved architecture, that is what inspired him to create the geometric shapes in hair cutting; like the five-point haircut and the graduated bob. Gianni Versace was inspired by Greek mythology, hence the Versace logo being medusa.
Anything and everything can feed our own fashion. I had a client tell me last week that she is always excited to see what I wear in the salon, because my fashion changes daily. Looking in my closet I have jeans and graphic tees, button ups and slacks, over sized sweaters, floral prints, paisley, blocked colors, worn/textured fabrics, studded boots, loafers. Brands from H&M, Theory, The Rail, 1, Jared Lang, and Maceoo. Long story short, it’s all over the board, I dress to fit my mood. I find my inspiration in fashion from what I see on the red carpet and runways, musical theatre and opera houses, musicians, movies and television, and drag queens.
Drag queens have become a huge inspiration for the fashion world, to be honest drag queens have always inspired the fashion world, but it’s became more recognized or popularized with the hit TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s no secret that designers like Marc Jacobs and Marco Marco have designed clothes for drag queens or have collections inspired by drag queens.
Why drag queens? Drag queens are typically known for designing and sewing their own outfits, styling their own wigs, and creating their own makeup trends. They are basically a fashion designer customized for their own body and style. Also, their drag typically mirrors their own style out of drag. For example, winner of RuPual’s Drag Race Season 4, Sharon Needles has a goth, punk, high fashion, scary appeal, it’s the same when she is not in drag and wearing her day to day male clothing.
I will be referring to the drag queens in the pronouns of her and she because they are portraying a female persona. It would be disrespectful to refer to them as he or him when I’m speaking about their female character. The more you know.
What I love about the fashion of drag queens is that everything is over the top, the hair is larger and brighter, the makeup is bolder and creative, because it takes more than Covergirl to cover boy, and the wardrobe and costumes are these huge statement pieces of different colors, textures, fabrics, and periods. For example, RuPaul Drag Race Winner of All Stars Season 3, Trixie Mattel has a wide range of style about her, she has two folk/country albums on iTunes where she embodies a country girl vibe, but also invokes this amplified Barbie look.
In my opinion there is not a ‘drag style’ because each drag queen invokes their own style and fashion through their interests, hobbies, passions, and art. Drag is the highest level of fashion, because it’s fashion that took steroids, injected itself with collagen and Botox, and gives no f*cks about what other people think.
Up until recently I was a drag queen who performed monthly at a local gay bar, being a drag queen, or even watching local drag shows gives me inspiration for my own personal fashion, my drag persona’s fashion, and inspires me in the salon. Since drag queens wear wigs (most of the time) they buy or create wigs that are styles or colors that you don’t see every day. This inspires me when working with clients that want something new. I may not make my client’s hair three feet tall like some of these drag queens wear, but I can still do something creative, like pastel color, asymmetrical cuts, etc. About four years ago right before the silver hair and pastel hair color trend was big; drag queens wore wigs in those colors, it is common to create a synthetic hair wig in those colors, and it’s something more dramatic. Shortly after drag queens wore these wigs that trend of pastel/silver hair took off, coincidence?
Inspiration for hair, makeup, and fashion can be found everywhere. I believe drag queens hold a power that can influence fashion and hair trends. Below I attached some photos of my drag persona, Trixie Belmont and some music videos from drag queens that showcase a vast variety of hair and fashion that have influenced and inspired me.
As mama RuPaul would say, “We are all born naked and the rest is drag.” And as my English 2010 professor said, “Never end a story with a quote.”
WARNING: The AAA Girls video contains some vulgar language.
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