Drag as Art

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Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings

Drag has entered the mainstream in recent years, following the popularity of events such as Sink the Pink, drag venue The Glory, and TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race and is now  widely appreciated as a highly expressive art form.

For over a decade, British photographer Magnus Hastings has been photographing the worlds greatest drag superstars, asking each of them: Why drag?  His new book features images of icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty and their comments on what drag means to them.
Why Drag  is due for release on 17 May 2016.

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Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings

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Why Drag? by Magnus Hastings

The recently published Night Flowers: From Avante-Drag to Extreme Haute Couture explores the creative expression behind drag. Anis an affectionate term ‘Night Flowers’ encompasses the loose-knit society of drag kings and queens, club kids, alternative-queer, transgender, goths and fetishists who come out at night.

Damien Frost began to capture the people he encountered while wandering the streets of London, revealing the artists, designers and performers who were turning themselves into ephemeral artworks that would only last one night.

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Night Flowers by Damien Frost

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Previous contestant on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Phi Phi O’Hara is using social media to explore the possibilities of drag, creating the #365DaysofDrag project, posting a new look each day.

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Phi Phi O’Hara #365DaysofDrag

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USP: Drag is an expressive and experimental art form that pushes gender boundaries, while showcasing the creativity of costume and performance dressing.