Drag queens make a digital show in the metaverse

Wearing an ethereal blue look inspired by the water gods, Blu Hydrangea wowed a recent event at 180 The Strand art gallery in London. She’s used to the media: she’s the biggest winner of the reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs. the World, a global phenomenon.

But there is one important difference. The parade did not take place on an ordinary catwalk. When viewed through a mobile phone or a tablet with augmented reality, his clothes have tentacles with water that cannot be real life.

The show Queens of the Metaverse used the same reality to show how to act like drag and their stylist now, they can be more happy with the impossible of digital form.

Blu has shared the show with Tia Kofi, pop singer and star of the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and Adam All, a world-renowned drag queen. At the hearing, other British drag queens and several LGBTQIA+ digital artists.

But the most interesting thing is that the clothes they wore were first created in the virtual world (the Horizon Workrooms, one of the metaverse places created by Meta) and then changed to physical clothes.

the look

The Drag King Adam All

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Each designer is given a challenge. Christie Lau, a non-binary student at Central Saint Martins focused on digital design, had to create a “Supersuit of the Superverse” for Adam.

According to the website Mashable, Lau studied the artist’s work with the idea of ​​bringing his “extreme” drama to clothing. Lau was also inspired by classic designs like Looney Tunes, drawing on art deco styles, prints and colors to complement the look.

“We can design things without real-world physics,” he told Mashable. “You’re creating your own world where you have your plan. This is a huge power.”

Drag queen Blu Hydrangea, in the event Queens of the Metaverse - Meta/PA Media - Meta/PA Media

The drag queen is Blu Hydrangea

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Nwora Emenike, a queer non-binary stylist, is the model responsible for Blu Hydrangea. The theme is “Dreamscape of Fantasy”. In addition to water gods, elu was inspired by mercury (the only metal found in water in its natural form) and the song Water, by singer Kehlani.

“The relationship [entre o mundo drag e a tecnologia] something new. Drag pushes the boundaries and changes the ideas of what you think is possible with human experience,” he said. “With both, you can change the experience and create a dream.”

Aunt Kofi, at the Queens of the Metaverse event - Meta/PA Media - Meta/PA Media

Drag queen Tia Kofi

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Sal Mohammed, an attractive woman, is the only person invited who is not a designer by profession: he works in the British public health system. Anyway, he made an “Intergalactic Goddess” costume for Kofi. The new images taken by NASA’s James Webb telescope are among its references.

“While it’s clear that the metaverse is still in its infancy, I’m excited to see how queer creative talent, designers and engineers will bring their star power to the development of this Technology,” said Kofi in his article for the British newspaper The Independent.

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