May 2015

Part 1: Parody, Realness, and Tales From the First Drag Con

Earlier this month Rupaul’s Drag Con descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center for the “first drag convention in herstory.”  As a dedicated dress scholar and fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I honored my intellectual responsibilities and purchased a $50 pass for the two day event, held May 16th and 17th.  I planned to engage in serious “deep hanging out” and visit the booths, meet the queens, talk with fans, and attend panels, which had names like “Face, Face, Face: How to Beat That Mug to Perfection.”  As this is the first known drag convention, I wasn’t sur

#HelloKittyGirl

Only days after posting my museum exhibition review of Hello!  Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, everyone’s favorite poor little rich kitty appeared on episode 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, season 7.  “Hello Kitty Girls!” includes not only a guest appearance by Hello Kitty but also loads of products for contestants to re-work in creating their Runway Eleganza looks.  Before announcing the show’s special guest, Mother Ru advises:

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Neoliberalism

Hello Kitty coin purse
The first Hello Kitty merchandise released in 1974.