The Rest is All Drag

As the world of fashion evolves, so does society’s definition of beauty. More recently in fashion, Drag has been seen on the runway and in fashion editorials. Overall the fashion industry’s idea of beauty has begun to expand its limits. Similarly, Drag since its start has been intended to magnify beauty and individuality; to push boundaries. For drag to be used in the world of high fashion is the perfect marriage of the industry to the idea of expanding its depth.

One of the largest influences in fashion was photographer Richard Avedon. Avedon’s imagery shaped the industry and some of our own views of beauty. I’ve taken some of his most iconic black and white portraits as well as editorial work and swapped out the original models for those in the drag community. Were Avedon’s images were taken with large format, I used digital photography to show the progression of society. In addition, the images are heavily Photoshoped. Blemishes have been retouched, bald spots in a wigs have been adjusted, and background completely altered, just as they would be in todays magazine ready image. With this being said some areas are purposefully left with obvious retouching. The viewer is reminded that in both mine and Avendon’s imagery the “ideal” simply is not real. It is a fabrication.