Opening Ceremony designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon say the show, called ‘the Gift of Showz.’ will be “a live spectacle celebrating of the art of drag — both in New York and around the world.”
Velour, who snatched victory in Season 9, teased the collab on Instagram, hinting there will be some surprise celebs sashying down the runway.
“So excited to announce I’m collaborating with @openingceremony for their New York Fashion Week showcase on September 9!” Velour posted on Instagram. “‘The Gift of Showz’ will be a celebration of the art (and fashion) of drag, featuring appearances and performances from special guests (you’re gonna flip!!), and the debut of Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2019 Collection. Stay tuned for video and photos galore, plus many more surprises”
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So excited to announce I'm collaborating with @openingceremony for their New York Fashion Week showcase on September 9! "The Gift of Showz" will be a celebration of the art (and fashion) of drag, featuring appearances and performances from special guests (you’re gonna flip!!), and the debut of Opening Ceremony's Spring 2019 Collection. Stay tuned for video and photos galore, plus many more surprises! Special thanks to @mercedesbenz #wewonder initiative, and to @humberto and @carollim for trusting me with this brilliant idea! (P.S This poster is an epic collab that features @johnny.velour’s hand, @ajjordanphoto’s photo, and my photoshop 😂😍🎨)
She also thanked Lim and Leon “for trusting me with this brilliant idea!”
It’s not fully clear if Velour had input on the collection itself or just the show, but either way we’re sure it’s not to be missed. (For its fall-winter 2018 collection, Opening Ceremony celebrated Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday with a Disney-themed capsule collection it showed at Disneyland.)
The queens of Drag Race have certainly become muses for hot fashion houses: Season 6 contestant Milk appeared in an ad campaign for Marc Jacobs, while Season 9 winner Violet Chachki has worked with Gaultier, Prada and Miu Miu. Miss Fame, an in-demand makeup artist in her own right, has collaborated with Versace and Tommy Hilfiger. And numerous RPDR contestants have walked for the Blonds, Marco Marco and other outre labels.
After winning her season, Velour told Vulture that she felt drag was “about honoring yourself and your own unique way of being a gendered, queer person. Your own unique way of using fashion to express yourself.”