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Queens that should be on All Stars 3 (updated)

Willam: Season 4: Was disqualified from the race for breaking rules, has built a huge internet following. Possibly has more views and subscribers than any other queen that has been on Drag Race. Has possibly the largest music career out of all the queens as well.


Pearl: Season 7: The “most improved” queen of the season. At the start of the race, the judges critiqued her possibly more than any other queen, however she ended up making it to the top 3 and had quite a good chance of winning. Since leaving Drag Race, Pearl has been doing many things with her career including releasing music and being in a video for Vanity Fair.

Kim Chi: Season 8: Fan-favorite. Kim Chi was the most unique queen on her season. Her aesthetic combines Anime, Glamour, Doll, and Cartoon all into one. Could definitely go far in the competition.

Trixie Mattel: Season 7: Another fan-favorite. Although Trixie’s style in clothing is somewhat basic, Her makeup is shocking, humorous, and glamorous all at the same time. She has reached several milestones after leaving the race which includes releasing merch, making an album, co-starring in a web series put on by WOWPresents.

Valentina: Season 9: Was the fan-favorite, gained more followers on instagram per episode than any other queen in Drag Race history. Seemed very kind and caring until many other queens on her season spoke of shady things shes done both on and off the show. Her elimination shocked many viewers as a lot of people, including RuPaul herself, expected to see her at the top.

Adore Delano: Season 6: Adore is known as the fan-favorite of all time. She is the most followed Drag Queen on instagram. She even has more followers than RuPaul herself. Was in the top 3 of her season and some consider her to be the “true winner” of her season as she has had a lot of success after the race with both her drag career and her music career, the two of which overlap as well. She will most likely be on All Stars 3, as RuPaul has offered her a position to which her response was “I’m probably down.”

Shea Couleé: Season 9: Shea’s season had many fan-favorites, Shea being one of them. After Valentina’s elimination, Shea or Sasha were expected to win the competition. Shea’s runway looks are always very strong. Shea has already begun expanding her drag career by releasing an EP. Viewers should have a very high expectation for her to win All Stars if she races.

Aja: Season 9: Great concepts for fashion. Serves a very fierce lip sync. Although she didn’t do great in her season, I’d expect her to have grown and be able to do very well in All Stars if she were join.

Naomi Smalls: Season 8: With outstanding runway looks and makeup skills, Naomi was also able to prove that she can do more than just be pretty. She was in the top 3 of her season and was expected to win by many.

Ornacia: Season 6: Icon. Hasn’t returned because it wouldn’t be fair for the other queens to have to compete against a legend like her. Yes queen. Slay.

Let me know who you want to see on All Stars 3!
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Concept art-ing some possible future outfits for Aidrian in the current arc. She’d be wearing this to Monsterland. Any opinions? They’re just concepts right now so everything’s subject to change and I might not even use one of these. 

I’m calling the outfits “Sassy Flight Attendant”, “Cold Weather Hot Pants”, and “Rebelling Against Pants That Fit”

And the color schemes are “I Stole Maverick’s Color Scheme”, “Berries and Cream”, and “Berries and Cream Remix”

Anyway, tell me your opinions I guess. They’ll probably influence my decisions a lot.

-TQ

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Time for FRIDAY FASHION FACT! Today’s topic is a bit more conceptual than the Facts I’ve done in the past, but I think it is very important to recognize the over-arching factors that influence fashion in order to fully understand how fashion has developed. This is a bit difficult to explain in such a small space, so bear with me, and remember that this is all much more complex than I lay it out to be.

Throughout history, the biggest influence on fashion has clearly been technology. The next biggest influence, though, has been war. War causes huge divisions between people. It drains resources. It pits agenda versus agenda, ideology versus ideology. It has the ability to effect every aspect of life. It can change the world, so it should come as no surprise that it changes fashion.

In several of my past posts, I have mentioned specific wars being an influence on fashion- most commonly the French Revolution, World War I, and World War II. While most wars have an impact on fashion, these three have had a significantly bigger impact that the rest. The reason for the World War’s having such a large impact is obvious- it’s right there in the name. These wars spanned the globe, and wider geography means wider impact.

The French Revolution, however, theoretically seems as though it would effect only France. Yet the effect of war is rarely contained only to the country in which the war takes place. In terms of fashion, during the era of the French Revolution, France was the epicenter of fashion. There are still many people who would debate that France is still the fashion capitol of the world, but in the 18th and 19th centuries, there was no debate. France reigned supreme on the style front. If the French wore a style, the rest of the western world quickly followed suit.

So why do wars have such a strong impact on fashion? Well, every war is different, so it varies from war to war. Overall, though, is due to two factors. One is because war tends to be a huge strain on resources, with vast amounts of funds and materials donated to the military effort. Secondly, war pits (at least) two groups against each other, groups with different values and goals. A person’s value system, lifestyle, etc. is often reflected in their clothing. The values of the prevailing side often seeps into the fashion of the people. Between these two factors, war often means a dramatic lifestyle change not only for the soldiers off fighting, but for those they leave at home. A change in lifestyle results in a change of dress. This is why changes in fashion that may take decades or more during peaceful times can occur over the course of just a few years during wartime.

An important thing to keep in mind, though, is that fashion does not change overnight, just like the wars that influence it do not happen overnight. As the world starts to shift, conflict rises, and war is imminent, fashion reflects the changing world. People often think that women went straight from wearing elaborate rococo gowns, complete with wide panniers, to simple cylindrical muslin dresses. Or they seem to ignore the era between structured Edwardian dresses and the untailored flapper look (though to be fair, Downton Abby has had a huge impact in changing that.) The reality is that aspects of the new styles are evident in fashion in the years leading up to the wars.

Of course, there are countless factors which have contributed to the development of fashion throughout the centuries (and don’t worry, I will cover as many as possible in upcoming Facts! Plus I’ll be sure to go into more detail about the wars I talked about in this post.) Just remember, the next time you’re looking at historical fashion and see a dramatic shift, take a look at what was happening in the world at that time!

Want to learn more about war and fashion? Check out these books:

Costume and Fashion: A Concise History, by Laver, de la Haye, and Tucker

History of World Costume and Fashion, by Daniel Delis Hill

Have a question about fashion history that you want answered in the next FRIDAY FASHION FACT? Just click the ASK button at the top of the page!

Finished the Draculaura fashion design… Not entirely happy with it but there you go… its all practice :) Video of Process - https://youtu.be/HZ6ZeVKemOU


When I am stuck with ideas or just need to draw something and don’t know what I just pick a character and draw then in different fashions and taillor the clothes for their character…. Saying that I would LOVE this outfit.

Got some Dva designs to come and probably more as well as more paintings too :)

i’m jasmine masters and i have something to say

lately we’ve been able to predict the winner of rupaul’s drag race, the dark-horse, etc… i dare to say that since bianca del rio there’s a clear winner, the dark-horse and the supposed competition for the winner. but that is part of life, i get it. whatever what bothers me is that sometimes the judges panel seem to have a very narrow-minded concept of what’s drag and whenever someone defies that, that person doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. in recent seasons we saw that happening to max(michelle’s being so annoyed with the grey wig made no sense, we don’t see her challenging queens that fit her concept of drag but that very rarely serve wildly different looks, concept i.e. roxxxy andrews who’s a fantastic drag queen and we can say fits the stereotypical mold), milk and we can say that this happened to thorgy thor in some level and now with sasha velour.

it’s quite obvious rupaul’s favorite this season is shea. shea is a fierce queen and she has been slaying the competition except sasha, maybe. sasha since the first episode has been deemed too smart and now too chic to drag. what’s ridiculous and in this week’s episode joan smalls even said she doesn’t want to see in a drag show what she sees in a runway in paris. it’s okay that drag queens have been serving as inspiration for several different designers but the moment drag queens start to actually do fashion is a problem? it bothers me that the panel on a drag queen show reinforces that drag cannot be too smart or too chic. drag has to be always over the top and only serve as concept for fashion bot not exactly do fashion? maybe i’m reading too much into it, but what joan said and also rupaul bothered me because it reflects bad on the artistry rupaul do it so well. i’m not saying sasha deserved to win this week (well i am, but that’s not the point)

i’m just reflecting on what’s been said to/about sasha this season. labelig her as too fashion/chic(polished??) and too smart. putting drag in a box of only not too smart satire and over the top. as if there’s no where to go from that. but queens like sasha and milk are actually the ones actively thinking about the gender norms, about the artistic ways of drag (i want to highlight the usage of actively because by doing drag i believe they all are, in a way, thinking those things but you can see with queens like milk and sasha those issues are actually deeply thought and rooted in their drag) anyway, this happened season after season and it’s just sad to see how reluntanct people always are to something that is a bit different from what they think or agree on.