Drag Out the Fashion - A Party In Review

On Sunday, we launched our Kickstarter, and it was no coincidence that it coincided with our first event. We wanted to start with a bang. If you were at Drag out the Fashion, you know, that a bang it was!

It started on a hot Texas day that dared a queen to put on makeup that wasn't triple water proof. But that was stopping no one. We had guests in their gender bending best, showing up ready to party. And we were ready to receive them.

 Our gorgeous door staff, ready for anything. Photo by  Protea Porductions

Our gorgeous door staff, ready for anything. Photo by Protea Porductions

We had ever gender represented in man or beast. The creativity of our guests was grandiose. Erin Free-man, provided fantastic make-up services to those needing more sparkle after seeing their competition. DD Riot pumped out music that got the joint moving. And Fun Loving Photos was there to document every beautiful moment.

We raffled off prizes, cackled over our outfits, and admired the first paintings of the Gender Portraits series. But the fun was only beginning!

 Even our Disk Jockey, DD Riot, dressed the part (right). Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Even our Disk Jockey, DD Riot, dressed the part (right). Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 When I said beast, did you think I meant Jack Nasty? Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

When I said beast, did you think I meant Jack Nasty? Photo by Fun Loving Photos

Next came the drag show! To put the amazing talent of these fabulous queens into words would be impossible, but I will try anyway. The acts were varied in style but consistent in wow factor. It was exotic, exciting, impressive, and sometimes down right freaky!

All of our talented performers brought their best. You can catch them around town, because these ladies work their craft, but the best place to find them regularly is Castro's Warehouse. In fact, after finishing up at Drag Out the Fashion, they rushed over to Castro's and performed two more shows that night at Castro's as a part of Althea Trix's Funhouse Show. Talk about stamina!

 Kitty Buick serenading the crowd. Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Kitty Buick serenading the crowd. Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Sylvia Divinorum offering her still beating heart to the world.  Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Sylvia Divinorum offering her still beating heart to the world.  Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Althea Trix dropping jaws with her eight legged realness.  Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Althea Trix dropping jaws with her eight legged realness.  Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Erika in beautiful costumery and poise.  Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Erika in beautiful costumery and poise.  Photo by Fun Loving Photos

But we still weren't done. My favorite is yet to come. After raffling off some more prizes, the costume contest began. Our contestants didn't just participate, they put on a show that topped the night. Our first contestant started the night with a strip tease. You heard me. There was no going back.

With the bar set high, our contest rocketed through dances, poses, and garments being tossed to the audience. Our judges at it up like it was an Indian Buffet (that's the best kind of buffet), and they had an epic decision ahead of them. After much debate, Cynthia Lee Fontaine was declared victorious, crowned, and trophied.

 Artist, Drew Johnson, introducing the costume contest prizes. Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Artist, Drew Johnson, introducing the costume contest prizes. Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Our first contestant changing the game for everyone else. Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Our first contestant changing the game for everyone else. Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 The Contest Judges taking it all in. Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

The Contest Judges taking it all in. Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Cynthia Lee Fontaine bringing it home. Photo by  Fun Loving Photos

Cynthia Lee Fontaine bringing it home. Photo by Fun Loving Photos

 Tommy Taco working the crowd. Photo by  Protea Porductions

Tommy Taco working the crowd. Photo by Protea Porductions

 Cynthia getting crowned the victor. Photo by  Protea Porductions

Cynthia getting crowned the victor. Photo by Protea Porductions

It was hard to follow something as amazing as that contest, but we weren't ready to quit. Drew Johnson took took off the host hat, and put on the artist hat (both hats oddly resemble a giant fro). Drew talked about the upcoming Gender Portraits series, and introduced the Kickstarter by playing the campaign video. If you haven't seen it yet, you should: http://kck.st/1khnCtU

The last raffle was drawn, the music came up, and we all partied the remaining moments away. When it was finally time to end the night, memories had been made, prizes won, stages rocked, and friendships born.

Thank you to the Swan Dive for hosting us, our amazing performers, and to all the volunteers who helped out. The results were spectacular. Did I mention we wanted to start with a bang?

 Artist, Drew Johnson, in the  Fun Loving Photos  photobooth.

Artist, Drew Johnson, in the Fun Loving Photos photobooth.