Posted on August 22nd, 2008
Season 4 contestant Chris March returned to the runway (dressed in drag as a Viking opera singer) to give the designers this week’s challenge: to design an over-the-top dramatic look for a drag queen. The runway then filled with an assortment of drag queens which included amusing characters like Sharon Needles, Heddalettuce, Annida Greenkard, and Farrah Moans.
The Design Room
This challenge suited Blayne’s “neonlicious” persona so well that he was as happy as a kid in a candy store while he constructed his flamboyant winged neon garment, which Tim later dubbed a “Pterodactyl from a gay Jurassic Park”. Meanwhile, Hetero Joe had a hard time with the concept of designing a woman’s garment for a man and opted to pretend he was designing a Halloween costume for his daughters. Stella wasted no time informing her queen of her plans to go grommet crazy on her dress, while Keith continued to make something from his routine swatches of fabric.
In probably the most entertaining runway show I’ve ever seen, the queens took the stage and really worked their outfits on the catwalk. Among my favorites were Korto’s fire sculptured dress with detachable skirt, Suede’s lettuce patch outfit, Terri’s super detailed Samurai kimono, and of course Joe’s adorable sparkling pink sailor suit.
I agree that Keith and Daniel belonged in the bottom three, however I was surprised to see Jerell’s garment there. Keith’s variations of fabric scrap dresses are getting pretty tiring, and as usual, Daniel played it safe. But there was nothing “normal” about Jerell’s shiny multicolored dress and dramatic collar. Frankly, I have more concern for Michael Kors’ grandmother if that dress is something she would actually wear.
Surprisingly, Joe, who was most uncomfortable with this challenge, designed the winning costume. Not only did he manage to create a figure flattering pantsuit (the only one on the runway), but his ingenious “candy covering” belt, and cute sailor theme fit his queen’s personality perfectly.
Daniel’s pastel flamenco dress was the only outfit that wasn’t fun and exciting to watch. It’s just a sexy cocktail dress that could be worn by any gal. This challenge offered the designers the chance to go wild and create outrageous costumes for some of NYC’s most prominent drag queens, and Daniel sends out a normal evening dress. When the judges brought this to his attention, Daniel insisted that he didn’t want his outfit to look “gaudy”. Um, hello! You’re designing for drag queens- gaudy is implied! I can’t say I was sorry to see Daniel get auffed.