Before RuPaul’s Drag Race propelled the cultural phenomenon into the global spotlight, drag had been around for thousands of years.
The history of drag has been formed by many intersections: fashion, theatre, sexuality and politics–all coming together to create the show stopping entertainment millions witness today. In this lusciously illustrated guide, journalist Jake Hall delves deep into the ancient beginnings of drag, to the present day and beyond.
Vibrant illustrations enhance the rich history from Kabuki theatre to Shakespeare, the revolutionary Stonewall riots to the thriving New York ballroom scene. The book also comes with fascinating glimpses into the future of drag with insights from top personalities including The Vixen, Crystal Rasmussen, Sweatmother and Don One.
From Paris Is Burning to Pose and from Lady Bunny to Victoria Sin, nothing will go untouched in this must-have documentation of all things drag.
Subjects include: Mime, Shakespearean Theatre, Peking Opera, Vaudeville, Pantomime, The Rise of the Drag King, Marlene Dietrich, The Cooper Do-nut Riot, The Stonewall Riots, House of Labeija, Warhol and the Queens, Divine, John Waters, Bob Mackie and Kevin Aviance, The Harlem Ballroom Scene, RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Miss Tiffany s Universe, Lypsinka, Club Kids, Amanda Lepore, Mo Fischer and Club Casanova, The Boulet Brothers, Dragula, and more…
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