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Drag : The Complete Story - Simon Doonan


The Complete Story

By: Simon Doonan

Hardcover | 16 September 2019 | Edition Number 1

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Drag is transformation, communication and, above all, exaggeration, where gender non-conformity is the plat du jour. This fearless book observes this increasingly complex world by exploring drag’s journey – from the surprising, to the sophisticated, to the utterly bizarre – through the twentieth century and up to the present day.

With witty text, dazzling photography, and corralled into thematic chapters, this is the first flamboyant and poignant survey of drag culture. Drag is not just for fabulous queens and drag enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in gender fluidity and the culture surrounding it.

About the Author

Writer, fashionista and author Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. His books include Saturday Night Fever Pitch, Eccentric Glamour and Gay Men Don't Get Fat. Simon appears as a judge on the NBC television show Making It, co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
Industry Reviews
"Drag: The Complete Story by Simon Doonan, writer, fashion icon and Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, perfectly captures the delightfully drag-filled moment we're currently living in, while offering a glimpse into the long legacy of drag. Over the course of the book, Doonan is able to shine a new light on drag, offering a fresh perspective on an art form that has long gone unrecognized." * Newsweek *
"The coffee-table-worthy tome also examines the misconceptions of drag, and the once-prevalent idea that only cisgender gay men could dress up in women's clothes and makeup." * IN Magazine *
"With his new book, Drag: The Complete Story, writer and pop culture commentator Simon Doonan took on the monumental task of not only looking back at the long and sometimes complicated history of drag, but also the impact drag has had in pop culture and the LGBTQ community today." * Buzzfeed *
"Simon Doonan's her-story, charts drag performance from its beginnings to the current RuPaul-fueled renaissance. Doonan catalogs every raucous twist and turn with striking imagery of queens from all eras and cultures - from 16th-century Italian paintings of Bacchus to photographs of Leigh Bowery, Bianca Del Rio, and Crystal LaBeija." * New York Magazine's The Strategist, 41 of the Year's Most Giftable Coffee-Table Books *

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