Key West’s glitzy and glamorous drag queens have gained applause above and beyond the cabaret stage with “What a Drag!”, an exhibit at Key West Art & Historical Society’ s Custom House Museum in Key West, Florida.
More than 300 people gathered for the opening Gala reception on September 18 for a “backstage” look at the talented entertainers and their inspirations, finery, lives, and role in the island’s culture at the exhibit which continues until December 2.
The colorful, zoomed-in view of Key West’s famed queens and the men who emody them features costumes, wigs, shoes, and other finery on loan from the local men who create and portray the flamboyant female characters, carefully curated by Exhibitions Curator Cori Convertito, PhD.Topics include a peek into drag artists’ daily glamour rituals, the cabaret theaters where they perform, and how the audience perceives the role of drag queens in Key West. Also featured are distinctive photographs and the iconic, glittering red shoe from which world-famous drag queen Sushi rings in each New Year by dropping two stories at the stroke of midnight to the delight of throngs on Duval Street and millions of viewers via annual CNN coverage.
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