Tudor Vogueing. Joan Oh at Amygrimehouse – AKA Sewing more costumes

I’ve been sewing quite a lot of costumes and drag this year, mostly with Sink the Pink. In fact, I listed all the things I’ve made this year and it totaled up to around 40 pieces. With my computer packing up in March, I found it a bit tricky to keep up with posting everything here so I’ll be catching up over the next few weeks. Quite a lot of links in this post (I wanted to give a bit more context to this post) mostly drag-related but pretty much SFW unless introduced otherwise!

about 42 and counting...

about 42 and counting…

Sometime in early August I received this message from Jono Kitchens (AKA Joan Oh). I had to read it a few times to make sure I’d understood it and it hadn’t been hi-jacked by autocorrect.

‘Babes, I need an outfit for Tudor Realness. I’m judging a Tudor vogueing competition for Amy Grimehouse at Sutton House’

A few days later and….

Image/screenshot reproduced with permission. Ki Price @KiPricePhoto (twitter)

Image/screenshot reproduced with permission. Ki Price @KiPricePhoto (twitter)

Photography by Ki Price

The basis of this look is a cropped, long sleeve top and leggings in a jersey provided by Joan. The ruff and wrist pieces are made of neoprene, I’d had it languishing in my stash and this was the perfect opportunity to use it. I’d not used much neoprene before but it’s got great body and holds so well. I’m not sure if it’s visible in pic but it’s a lovely piece of fabric, one side black and the other a textured white. Making that ruff was murder on my hands as all the folds were hand-stitched and then stitched onto another long piece of fabric which went round the neck. Still, figuring out the dimensions and depth of folds was a nice exercise.

The detail and texture is more visible here.

Joan Oh

I feel I need to elaborate a bit more on the actual event. It was a Tudor themed Vogue drag ball organised by Amy Grimehouse, which hosts immersive arts/cinema/performances and was held in Sutton House, a Tudor Manor House in Hackney, East London. Link to Guardian Article here. Youtube clip of performances here (Lasana Shabazz in front). And another one here (Legs and Coq dancing, Joan in the middle on stage)

It’s such a versatile look, Tudor, 1970s…..who knew?


This look, minus the ruffs, was also Joan’s outfit for the opening night of a shoe exhibition at the V&A.

L-R, JonBenet Blonde, Glynfamous, Chester Hayes, Maxi More, Jay Barry Matthews, Ted Rogers, Joan Oh, Rodent Decay.

Oh, how I love them. It was never my intention but it seems my last few posts are very much a love letter to Sink the Pink. That’s no bad thing and deserved, the first half this year would have been very different if I’d not had this association and friendship. So if you’ll indulge me a moment ….

JonBenet is so gorgeous I want to weep and my love for Glynfamous is pretty well-documented. Working with him has meant I’ve been able to make Chicken Dungarees, many catsuits and that silver Diana Ross dress in the pic. Chester is now performing in the West End as Chestery in Wicked. In the middle is Maxi, one of the sweetest people I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with. We collaborated on a look for the Life Ball earlier this year , which I’m yet to post. Jay‘s taught me a lot about costume and is so talented, most recently working with Grace Jones. Ted Rogers (over on NSFW artpornblog) , he’s a diamond, the last time he popped on facebook he was dancing with/for Will Young and he’s got a clever way with words. Rodent Decay was Miss Sink the Pink 2014, her performances are so intelligent and she’s just stunning.

Jay Barry Matthews, JonBenet Blonde, Joan Oh, Glynfamous, Maxi More, Ted Rogers, Rodent Decay

Jay Barry Matthews, JonBenet Blonde, Joan Oh, Glynfamous, Maxi More, Ted Rogers, Rodent Decay

I’m a massive fan of Joan Oh, I even bought the shirt (how could I not? She’s wearing the pineapple frock I made!). More of Jono dancing here.


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------> smittenness@gmail.com
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4 Responses to Tudor Vogueing. Joan Oh at Amygrimehouse – AKA Sewing more costumes

  1. That outfit is fabulous. A tudor-themed vogue drag ball sounds bonkers but brilliant. You sew the most amazing stuff. Xx

  2. OMG a tudor vogueing drag ball? Fabulous! You are so brilliant at making all those costumes and great to have gained such fantastic friends (and I am sure a lot of great nights out) as a result!

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