33 Glorious Photos From The First-Ever DragCon

Photographed by Lani Trock.
Over 13,000 people from far and wide flocked to L.A. this month for RuPaul's first-ever DragCon. Yes, it was exactly what it sounds like: A massive convention for drag queens and fans of all stripes. Never one to miss out on the fun, we knew we had to partake, so we sent a photographer to capture the wackiest, chicest, most creative looks. 

The result? As you can guess, it was no ordinary L.A. street style scene. Swap Vans for for sky-high platforms, sundresses for feather-bedecked numbers, and wide-brim hats for elaborate headpieces, and you've got a roundup of next-level outfits.

But, it's not just about the amazing ensembles. Eager to learn more about our stylish subjects, we had some enlightening chats with them about all things drag. Click through for a peek at the best looks from the event — these are outfits you simply gotta see to believe.
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Name: Siddiq Wahab (left)
Job: Designer

Wahab is wearing a Siddiq Wahab dress.


What inspired you to start doing drag?
"I am actually transgender and was inspired to go to DragCon by my friends."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"My style icon is Olivia Palermo, but I have been loving Kendall Jenner's style."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"I designed the gown for a photo shoot and was inspired by Cannes and the elegance of the festival."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"The pure freeness to be whatever you envision. The creativity is endless."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"That they are artists and comedians. They are a character and they all have a different way of portraying their drag. Each one is unique."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"As we move forward with gender roles and creating gender equality and fluidity, I hope that it becomes more mainstream for women to do drag, as well as be taken seriously as a drag queen."
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Name: Daniella McDonald
Job: Medical student

McDonald is wearing a Saeed Wahab dress

What inspired you to start doing drag?
"The whole 'drag' thing is very complicated with me, as I technically identify as a transgender woman. However, I am a very theatrical person and love a unique look, so I do love to dress in extreme ways on occasion. I identify as a woman that loves unique, high fashion looks."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"I love Alexander McQueen and Thierry Mugler. Lady Gaga combines a lot of their work in her pieces, so I adore her looks. I also love David Bowie and Britney Spears, who has a special place in my heart."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"My look was inspired by the future. Simplicity is key with a sleek, cyber look. The dress was designed by my best friend Saeed Wahab. The disco ball clutch I designed and is glued mirrors on a globe that opens up to store personal belongings. The eye visor was also designed by me. It's a look of the future, when fabrics will be sleek and melted onto your skin and easily changed with a shift in thought through technology. The visor is meant to enhance vision and hold what our current smart phones do."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"I love the openness and acceptance of drag culture. It's a free community that exchanges ideas and is unafraid."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?

"I don't personally identity as a drag queen, but I think it's important to understand they are the nicest and most down to earth people you'll ever meet. It takes a lot of courage to dress the way they do, so they deserve your respect."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"I hope that drag becomes more mainstream and seen in day-to-day life and on TV. It shouldn't need to be an underground subculture. Anyone and everyone can do drag."
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Wahab is workin' it in an ultra-glamorous look.
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Name: Jordan Masurét
Job: Makeup artist and hair stylist

What inspired you to start doing drag?
"I've been playing dress-up my entire life. I was never much of a sporty kid or a video game player; whatever young boys are supposed to be into at young ages. My best toys were a great costume and my imagination. In my teens, I would get dressed in my most ridiculous clothes, and I would go to a 18+ party in the city where I grew up. At these parties, I began doing mini performances — solo and with various drag queens such as Jinkx Monsoon and Karma Kunt. For years, I have been experimenting with more of an artsy 'club kid' style, and I thought DragCon was the perfect event to push myself out of the box and do full glamorous drag."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"My style icons are Carmen Dell'orefice, Philip Treacy, the late Isabella Blow, Alexander McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Ryan Burke, and last but not least, The Blondes."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"My intention was to make you think of a vampy tango temptress. However, everyone thought I was going for more of a 1980s Dynasty look. So, after accepting my soap opera sex appeal, and with some inspiration from my feathers, I named this look 'Duck Dynasty.'"

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"It's hard not to love a culture that praises unique artistry and wit as well as encourages freedom of expression and an individual take on a common medium."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"I wish people knew drag queens are just well-rounded artists. Queens can be actors, singers, comedians, dancers, painters, models, and designers — all at any given time. All any good queen wants to do is just add a bit of color to the world."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"I hope drag can create a movement to eliminate some of our archaic gender norms that hold back true expression and creativity in some people. Drag is about experimenting with your perception of who you are and what you can do. My hope is that drag gets big enough to influence more people to become unrestrained creatively."
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From the feathers to the hair accessories to the lace dress, it's all in the details for Masurét's gothic look.
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This feather piece deserves its close-up.
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Name: Avi Manullang
Job: Designer and student

What inspired you to start doing drag?
"Fashion is the primary reason why I do drag. I feel like fashion is genderless — constantly breaking traditional boundaries and continuously challenging our perception of beauty. The fashion industry has used the theme of androgyny throughout its history. For example, the creation of the women's pantsuit in the 1930s, which was reintroduced in the '60s by Yves Saint Laurent's 'Le Smoking' design. Also, the fashion industry has created a number of androgynous supermodels like Agyness Deyn and Andrea Pejic in the past decade. Through fashion, discussions can be formed to break certain stigmas and hopefully create acceptance of each other."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"Anna Dello Russo and my mom."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"My garment was originally inspired by the 1940s glamour, Christian Dior, and Picasso. My fashion personality is classic, yet dramatic. So, it only felt natural to combine such a classic silhouette with a loud print."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"My favorite part about drag is its parallelism to fashion. Drag is constantly using fashion references — whether it be from the ready-to-wear lines or haute couture. And, vice versa, designers are at times influenced by the theatrical nature of drag to produce certain collections. Most importantly, both fashion and drag have the potential to be used as a podium for social change."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"The popularity of RuPaul and his show has brought a sense of awareness to the drag culture. But, there are still some misconceptions about drag queens. One misconception is to assume that drag queens are transgendered individuals. Drag queens and drag kings can be of any gender identity and they're not all transgendered. And, not all those who are transgendered do drag."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"I hope drag continues its relationship with the fashion industry. I would love to bridge the gap between the two, especially in the high fashion world. Because, in the end, 'We're all born naked, and the rest is drag.'"
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In keeping with the Picasso-inspired look, Manullang's vintage hat from the '40s could pass for a painter's palette.
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All-black accessories — including a YSL clutch — draw your eye to this standout skirt.
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Name: Steven Strazzullo
Job: Hair stylist

Strazzullo is wearing a Joyrich jacket, Hot Topic pants, and Buffalo x Solestruck shoes.

What inspired you to start doing drag?
"I haven't begun my drag journey other than some makeup practice. Oh, and a few dance classes. But, there is a glamorous being inside of me. You'll see her very soon."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"My style icon is every street style photo that has ever been posted."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"I never really go for anything when I dress myself — I just put colors together that complement one another and go from there. Then, I pick the shoes."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"I love that (most) drag queens make it a point to become someone else when they are in full transformation."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"I wish they knew how much pain our man-parts go through."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"More major motion pictures."
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Now those are Neil Armstrong-worthy shoes.
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Pink hair, don't care.
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Name: Kelli Dawson
Job: Actress

Let's break down this feather-tastic look. You've got a disco-ball bedecked headpiece, a massive fringed bracelet, and, of course, a dress made entirely of feathers. Where else but DragCon could you see an outfit like this?
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Showing off the fringed bracelet situation.
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Partners in feathered crime.
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Name: Stacy Mz Vibe Johnson

Not to be outdone by her friend, Stacy opted for a more moody look, complete with an elaborate headpiece. Who knew Big Bird could be a source of fashion inspiration?
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Quick, somebody get their paintbrushes out — this is a portrait-worthy shot of creativity at its finest.
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Name: Lili Whiteass
Job: Drag queen

Lili is wearing an Escada denim suit, a Vivienne Westwood bodysuit, an Escada belt as necklace, and an Aldo bracelet.


Channeling a very '80s vibe, professional drag queen Lili kills it in a floral denim suit and voluminous hair. That fierce pose certainly doesn't hurt, either.
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A clever styling trick: Using an Escada chain belt as a necklace, which gives it an entirely new lease on life.
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Blue pumps complement Lili's vividly printed pants.
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Name: Ryan Tourneur
Job: Producer

DragCon proved to be a hotbed of not only dynamite drag looks, but amazing street style in general. To wit: Tourneur's monochrome look. Here, it's a matter of proportions: an extra-long shirt and extra-long hair equal an effortlessly cool look.
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How about that hair though?
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Name: Bryce Rider (right)
Job: Visual designer

Rider is wearing Shoe Dazzle shoes.

What inspired you to start doing drag?
"I started doing drag as a natural progression living in San Francisco and dressing up with my friends. It's become more and more of a hobby the longer I've done it."

Who do you consider your style icon?
"I love McQueen and The Blondes. Seeing people who are able to take fashion to an art form is something I really admire."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

"I made the headpiece and sequin beard. I wanted to look like a pearl flower power prince(ess)."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"I love the expression and humor of it. It's something that you can take and interpret in any way you want. I think there's a lot of freedom in being able to dress with complete self-expression."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"That there is depth to drag. It really is an outlet for people's creative minds — from outfits to performances. Especially being at DragCon, you get to see every form of drag in one place."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"I think RuPaul's Drag Race has really opened the world's view of what drag is and created a culture around it. You no longer have to go to a bar or nightclub to see queens — instead, people are tuning in from their homes. I hope it becomes even more widely accepted and supported, and I think it's only going up from here."
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Consider Rider's self-described "pearl flower power prince(ess)" look achieved.
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Name: Luna Lovebad (left) and Mikayla Gottlieb

They are wearing vintage teddies from Luxury Jones Melrose, Evan Patula vinyl bows, and Lola's Shoetique shoes.

What inspired you to start doing drag?
Mikayla Gottlieb: "I started doing drag because I have been an artist my whole life and drag mixed so many forms of art that I loved into one act of self-expression. There is such an amazing loving community to match."

Who do you consider your style icon?
MG: "Sutan Amrull and Mathu Anderson are huge style icons to me, because you can really see who they are through what they wear and how they look, and that's so important to me! I want my look to scream 'This is me' at all times."

Tell us about your DragCon look.

MG: "Our DragCon looks were inspired by Valley of the Dolls meets kawaii Barbie. We just wanted to be exaggeratedly cute while still keeping a sensual vibe."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

MG: "Drag culture is the most important thing in the world to me, because 100 years ago we wouldn't be able to openly have a drag convention at all, let a lone talk about it to any form of press! Drag culture is a celebration of how far our community has come and how lucky we are to be able to wear lace fronts freely!"

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

MG: "I'm not the best drag trend forecaster, but I hope whatever it is, it inspires more people to get involved and love the art of drag as much as all of the beautiful people here at DragCon!"
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Color-coordination from the bows right down to the shoes? Impressive.
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A milk carton is a cheeky addition to the duo's look.
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Name: Lu Vargas
Job: Designer

Vargas is wearing his own designs with a Chanel bag.

Who do you consider your style icon?
"Coco Chanel."

What's your favorite thing about drag culture and why?

"It is an art form designed to entertain."

What's one thing you wish people knew about drag queens?
"They are all regular people with regular responsibilities in life. Like everybody else, they invest in their career to make a living out of it."

What do you think or hope is next for drag?

"A stage for artists with different talent. Not just singing or acting, but also modeling."
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A Chanel bag is always a good idea.
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Name: Gigi
Job: Cosmetology student

Gigi is wearing an Adore Delano t-shirt.

Gigi's look is more than just rad — it also supports a fellow drag queen. Her graphic t-shirt is designed by former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Adore Delano.
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Chunky jewelry, big hair, and plenty of makeup are all hallmarks of a head-turning outfit.
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Name: Ratchet Trailers
Job: School teacher

Trailers is wearing a Forever 21 dress, fringe from Party City, and flowers from Michael's.

This is what mastering the art of DIY drag looks like. Trailers made the statement-making headpiece from flowers bought at Michael's and then added some Party City fringe to her Forever 21 dress — et voilà, a colorful look on the cheap that no doubt turned plenty of heads.
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Metallic purple platforms and subtle fishnet tights round out the crazy-cool look.
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