"Derkas ?", dressed in drag, on stage. Photographic postcard, 1928.

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"Derkas ?", dressed in drag, on stage. Photographic postcard, 1928. In copyright. Source: Wellcome Collection.

About this work


"Derkas?" wears the towering feathered showgirl headdress pioneered by Gaby Deslys in the 1910s, and developed by Mistinguett in the Folies Bergères shows of the 1920s. Long afterwards It remained an integral part of costuming in spectacular revues, particularly in Paris and Las Vegas. The question mark following Derkas printed on the postcard suggests they perform with an androgynous gender expression. As this card is autographed and inscribed London 1928, it shows that there was sufficient interest in this form of entertainment in the 1920s for successful drag acts to be imported.


[Spain?] : [publisher not identified], 1928.

Physical description

1 photographic postcard ; 13.5 x 8.9 cm


Derkas ? Imitador de estrellas Españolas. Sinceramente Derkas. London - Mayo 1928 Lettering printed in black and written in blue on bottom recto


This work is untitled: the title has been supplied by the cataloguer.


Wellcome Collection 2045006i


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