Like all things fashion, drag comes at a cost. And it appears there's no budget when it comes to the costumes featured on Stan's RuPaul's Dr
Like all things fashion, drag comes at a cost.
And it appears there’s no budget when it comes to the costumes featured on Stan’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.
One Season 2 contestant exclusively told Daily Mail Australia it cost her a whopping $30,000 for materials to make her outlandish outfits in the lead up the show.
EXCLUSIVE: Inside the VERY expensive wardrobes of Stan’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under stars
The unnamed star said she kept ‘pretty good track’ of her spending.
‘It’s a lot of money and I worked really hard to get that money as well in the first place,’ she exclusively told Daily Mail Australia.
According to past contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race, the queens can spend anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000 on materials such as wigs, fabric, costumes, shoes and makeup.
And in the wonderful world of drag, it’s a rite of passage to be colourful and chaotic – but there’s more than meets the eye than just the final product.
For drag queen and fashion designer Kirsten Damned, there’s a much bigger process behind just glamourous looks and designs.
Drag queen and fashion designer Kirsten Damned has created beautiful and elegant pieces for stars on RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under. Pictured: Hannah Conda wearing Damned by Design
‘Pop culture is always the biggest inspiration for Drag when people approach me to construct a piece,’ Kirsten told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Personally though, a lot of my inspiration for my bespoke looks just float into my head during dreams.’
But just like pop culture, drag trends are rapidly changing in today’s climate.
Queens rely heavily on social media apps like Instagram to get their content seen, which Kirsten says is ‘a big change from the drag of the early 00s’.
‘As long as you’re an adaptable human, keeping up with the latest trends from a drag fashion standpoint isn’t difficult,’ he explained.
Kirsten also designed the promo outfits for Hannah Conda (left) and Minnie Cooper (right) ahead of Season 2
However, there are a number of designs and materials that are strictly off-limits.
‘Obviously things that are flat out offensive can’t be used, copyright designs etc,’ Kirsten added.
‘They also might say you can’t use a certain fabric due to a background that’s being used [on the show].’
Kirsten, who’s designed pieces for Season 2 stars like Hannah Conda and Minnie Cooper, noted that usually the production is ‘pretty open’ about the designs, hence why viewers can see some fabulous looks this season as well as Season 1.
A Season 2 contestant of Drag Race Down Under told Daily Mail Australia that it cost her a whopping $30,000 for materials in the lead up to appearing on the show. Pictured: Maxi Shield from Season 1
Kirsten Damned says there’s a much bigger process behind just glamourous looks and designs Pictured: Maxi Shield from Season 1
Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under has already kicked off with a bang following its premiere last Saturday.
Faúx Fúr, 27, was eliminated in the first episode after a shocking detail cost her a spot in the next round.
‘It was tough,’ she told Daily Mail Australia last week of her elimination. ‘I broke down.’
The show, which has new episodes every Saturday from 4pm AEST, will see 10 drag queens from Australia and New Zealand battle it out for the top prize of $50,000.
Kirsten noted that usually the production is ‘pretty open’ about the designs, hence why viewers can see some fabulous looks this season as well as Season 1
According to other contestants, the show will be more fierce and fiery than ever as the queens battle it out to reign supreme.
‘The claws do come out at Drag Race,’ drag queen Molly Poppinz told Daily Mail Australia at Stan’s blue carpet premiere last week.
‘You’re gonna get your drama, you’re gonna get your wild moments, good looks, talent, everything!’
There are a number of celebrity guest stars – Australia’s beloved wildlife warriors Bindi and Robert Irwin have already made their appearance in the first episode, while Lucy Lawless is set to feature.
RuPaul is also joined by returning judges Michelle Visage and Rhys Nicholson.
There is a diverse range of talent this season, including a fire-breather, an Australia’s Got Talent semi-finalist, and queens with First Nations and Māori heritage.
Stream RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under only on Stan, with new episodes available on Saturdays at 4pm
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk