Council House Movie Star: Que(e)rying the Costume | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 2, Issue 1-2
  • ISSN: 2044-3714
  • E-ISSN: 2044-3722



Council House Movie Star (2012) originally started as a film enquiry exploring what happens when drag queens age, both off stage and onstage. The research expanded to include two further practice projects: an immersive gallery installation of a life-size council house and a fine art exhibition of the naked and costumed drag body. This article examines the quotidian experiences of a white working-class drag hero/ine and the costumed genderqueered skin. It discusses the queer costume of drag queens, including make-up and wigs. The article also explores the position of memory within the formation of costume for performance as a major theme within the creative processes and design of this project. This visual essay narrates the positioning of drag queens within the social realities of working-class life, thus producing an interesting contrast between the costume of chavs, B-boys and contemporary youth, against the queer and camp drag costume.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): costume; drag queen; embodiment; fat; installation; performance; queer; working class
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