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Vida La Fierce outfit as worn at Isle of Pride 2021

Date made: 21st century

Maker: various

Description: Dress and accessories worn by the Isle of Man's first drag queen Vida La Fierce. Vida La Fierce started performing in 2014, and is credited with inspiring many more drag queens and drag kings in the Isle of Man.

This outfit was worn by Vida La Fierce during the Isle of Man's first Isle of Pride Festival on Saturday 12 June 2021. She led the Queer march through Strand Street and into the Villa Marina Gardens where the festival took place. She opened the festival in this outfit and performed on stage throughout the day. She also helped compère the festival. She changed outfits many times during the day, but this was the outfit that launched the event.

Vida La Fierce is the drag queen persona of Gareth Leece. He is a proud member of the queer community on the Isle of Man.

1. Black dress embellished with tear drop shaped sequins and glass beads. It was purchased at a drag/burlesque shop 'Sequin Showstoppers' in Birmingham. The shop is owned by Rickie Harvey, who is very well known in the drag scene. It was an off the peg dress that Vida has worn on previous occasions.

2. Black patent leather shoes in a size 12. They are a Mary Jane style with a small heel. They are made by the company Pleaser, which specialises in large female footwear.

3. Pink and blue glass necklace. Bought by Gareth Leece at Rue Paul's Drag Convention in January 2020, at Olympia in London. It was from a drag store called 'Bling, Bling, Bling'.

4. Pink polyester wings and telescopic poles. The material is pleated and has a neck collar to attach.

5. Pink wig in Amber style by company Websters. All of Vida's wigs are styled by friend Paul Bowes based in Blackpool (AKA Tiffany Dolh).

Materials: cotton, metal: iron, plastic: polyamide, polyester, acrylic

Object name: drag queen outfit

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 2022-0005

Subject tags : #MM100COLLECTIONS


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