Lights. Glamour. Action! Take a peek into the cultural phenomenon that is Drag, in this lusciously illustrated guide to the history of the phenomenon, from ancient theatre to the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race. Drag has been around for thousands of years. A fabulous mix of fashion, theatre, gender and politics all come together to create the show-stopping entertainment millions love today. In this comprehensive work, Jake Hall delves into its ancient beginnings, to the present day and beyond. Vibrant illustrations enhance a rich history that ranges from Kabuki theatre to Shakespeare, and the revolutionary Stonewall riots to the still-thriving New York ballroom scene. This is a must-have guide to the wonderful world of Drag.



ISBN: 9781910620717
Audience: Tertiary Education (US: College)
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 136
Publication Date: 1 Sep 2020
Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 27(H) x 21(L)



"Fun, thorough and so beautiful! It taught me more about Drag than I could have ever imagined." - Amelia Abraham, Author of Queer Intentions. "This book is an essential. guide to drag, its history, its impact and its continued potency." - Amrou Al-Kadhi, author of My Life as a Unicorn "Utterly desirable as an art object but also hugely informative about the art of drag." - Juno Roche, Author of Trans Power. "Wigs have never looked taller, nor eye shadow so excessive. The result is a truly fabulous combination history and gift book." - Publishers Weekly


Author Biography

Jake Hall is a freelance writer who has written for Dazed Digital, i-D, VICE, Highsnobiety, INTO, Refinery29 UK, and British Vogue, among others. They have written on topics from sustainability in fashion and body-shaming in queer communities, to government crackdowns on queer people, and intersex genital mutilation. Alongside this work, they are studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Jake's research aims to illuminate the link between high fashion and queer theory, as well as arguing the potential of clothing to radically challenge and subvert the social constructs of gender, sexuality, and race. Helen Li is an Australian illustrator based in Warsaw, Poland. She has worked with Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Redbull. Sofie Birkin is a British illustrator based in Denver, USA. She has worked with Cosmopolitan UK and BOA Technology. Jasjyot Singh Hans is a Indian illustrator based in Chicago, USA. He has worked with Google, New York Times and Vogue India.

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