The Culture Hustler

Musing for modern minds.

Part 4: Parody, Realness, and Tales from the First Drag Con

Late Saturday afternoon found me bleary eyed and dumbly stumbling upon a photo opportunity with RuPaul (out of drag).  The professionally photographed event was not cheap but I figured, anything for Ru-search, right?

Part 3: Parody, Realness, and Tales from the First Drag Con

Shyness in the company of queens is real.  One way to combat such Drag Con anxiety is to take a seat in the audience for live tapings of “Wait a Minute" with TS Madison and “Alyssa’s Secret,” held consecutively on the first day of Drag Con. 

Part 2: Parody, Realness, and Tales from the First Drag Con

Signs direct fans to the convention
Convention goers avoid confusion by following the pink signs

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.

Sissy that Snatch Game

RuPaul

Searching for Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent

Season 7 of Rupaul’s Drag Race has returned.  More than simply another reality show, Drag Race belongs to a longstanding drag tradition in which participants compete for titles.

City of Angels and Artifacts: Part 2

Hollywood costumes have long been a piece of a larger commercial enterprise. Whether well or poorly constructed, whether expensive or cheap, whether iconic or forgettable, film costumes are production assets.  From a commercial point of view, a costume that can deliver many times over is a worthwhile investment.  Hence, costumes are used, re-used, and reconfigured for maximum value.

City of Angels and Artifacts: Part 1

Hollywood Costume is a museum exhibition curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Since the exhibit first opened in 2012, it has traveled to Australia, Virginia, Arizona, and, on October 2, 2014, to Los Angeles, California where it will be until March 2, 2015.

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