‘Kind of a Drag’ Reveals the Personal Side of Famous Illustrators Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos

With the spread of drag via “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, my generation sometimes has the mistaken understanding that our liberated expression of gender is new and by we. This exhibit claims that it began generations ago.

The show was curated by Cooney and created in partnership with Paul Caranicas, Ramos’ partner of 24 years. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long, and I’ve had a lot of false starts,” Caranicas told me over the phone. “Antonio and Juan have always been interested in all alternate versions of beauty and different ways of approaching masculinity, femininity and fuzziness, so we decided to call it ‘Kind of A Drag’ and include portraits of men with long hair and jewelry on, or women who had too much makeup on, something that would reflect the idea of ​​drag,” he explained.

From the 1970s, the duo were embraced by the fashion world, working with designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Charles James (who had a big influence on them both, says Caranicas) and making illustrations for Interview and voguewhere they stood alone or next to editorial photographs by David Bailey and Peter Lindbergh.

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