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

Date
1928
Reference
2045006i
Part of
James Gardiner Collection: photograph album labelled ‘Drag’.
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Description

The Spanish-language inscription on this card shows that the question mark after the name of a performer identifying gender ambiguity was international. As this card is autographed and inscribed London 1928, it also shows that there was sufficient interest in this form of entertainment in the 1920s for successful drag acts to be imported. "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

Publication/Creation

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

Physical description

1 photographic postcard ; 13.5 x 8.9 cm

Lettering

Derkas ? Imitador de estrellas Españolas. Sinceramente Derkas. London - Mayo 1928

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2045006i

Languages

  • Spanish


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  • The James Gardiner Collection

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  • Photograph album labelled ‘Drag'

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