It’s been more than 20 years since the release of Paris is Burning, but the voguing movement it helped popularize is still going strong today. Last month, the New York Times ran an article about the House of Xtravaganza, a drag family that was once the epicenter of New York’s underground ballroom scene of the 1980s. Recent decades have seen the culture fade in popularity — due largely to the worldwide AIDS outbreak and rapid gentrification of Manhattan — but it’s seen something of a resurgence as of late, thanks to a group of “Xtravas” who have taken it upon themselves to rekindle the voguing flame.
In July, the House of Xtravaganza celebrated its 30th anniversary with — of course — a drag ball. The Times‘ Jacob Bernstein was on hand:
The downtown fashion maven Patricia Field (who was a panel judge) was there in a beige hooded Issey Miyake-esque pleated dress. The drag queen Lady Bunny sat at a table near the stage, decked out in one of her many Pucci-inspired numbers. “I’m here representing the International House of Pancakes,” she said when Mr. Wesley called her up to do a little shimmy and shake.
And the model Joan Smalls, who recently was on the cover of W, was standing on the sidelines with the fashion stylist George Cortina. The two had just finished shooting an editorial for Japanese Vogue, in which members of the House of Xtravaganza will be featured.
“He introduced me,” Ms. Smalls said while pointing to Mr. Cortina, who was wearing a tight T-shirt and jeans. “They’re so uplifting and energetic and there’s such a sense of community among them,” Ms. Smalls said. “They reinforce real family values.”
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