Drag Race is a Platform for High Fashion
Making history one drag queen at a time.
Every fashionista’s favorite show, RuPaul’s Drag Race is a place where creativity comes alive. The program has continued to elevate fashion, blurring the lines between art and gender. We haven’t even given it the credit it deserves - be honest, could you make an executed head-to-toe outfit made out of sleeping bags? Utica can.
The latest season of Drag Race saw the judges push the queens even further, expecting no less than impeccable sewing abilities and out-of-the-box ideas.
Year after year the contestants upcycle masterpieces and innovatively re-create runway looks. The question remains, why has it taken Vogue so long to put a drag star on the cover? The truth is that drag has only recently been accepted into main stream fashion, over the last 10 years we have finally began to notice them for all magical talent.
This article aims to applaud the creative realm of drag, from Violet Chachki to Bimini Bon Boulash, we’ve picked out the best high-fashion moments throughout the series. Here’s to celebrating the iconic moments of Drag Race and its contribution to fashion.
Naomi Smalls in the Angelic White runway, All Stars 4
No one does Prince quite like Naomi Smalls. Paying homage to the singers iconic look from ‘Purple Rain’, somehow she makes anything and everything look sexy.
Bimini Bon Boulash in the Finale, season 13
In true couture bride fashion, Bimini served up a stunning gown that oozed power and wealth like a true Queen.
Gigi Goode in the Black Wedding runway, season 12
Taking inspiration from Chanel’s iconic New Look, Gigi Goode re-created a masterpiece. Much like all her other runway looks, take the sad 80s teen girl at prom or the Scooby Doo reference, it’s nothing short of perfection.
Violet Chachki in the Finale, season 8
As a forest enchantress Violet wowed the judges, making Ariana Grande shout “oh my gad”.
Symone in the Trains For Days runway, season 13
In an ode to celebrating Black fashion, Symone used a silky durag to represent a train, taken to the next level with beads that spelt out her name. Jaw-dropping.
Aquaria in the Mermaid Fantasy runway, season 10
The only queen to make a mermaid look so good out of water. Even covered in an oil spill, she delivers washed-up realness.
Shea Coulee in the Love The Skin You’re In runway, All Stars 5
In a rhinestoned bodysuit, Shea took this challenge differently to the other queens appearing nude, celebrating black femininity in all its glory.