New Dundee V&A exhibition will focus on the power of make-up and costume
THE transformative power of costume and make-up will be at the center of a new V&A Dundee event which has been co-hosted with legendary Glasgow fashion designer Charles Jeffrey.
Inspired by scenes from Charles Atlas’ film Hail the New Puritan, Jeffrey gathered a host of queer creatives for a Tay Late: Because We Must on May 27.
The one-night after-hours event is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition on dancer and choreographer Michael Clark and celebrates the work of designers, DJs, artists and dancers.
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Dressed in archival Loverboy clothing, with looks created using makeup provided by Mac Cosmetics, these performers will interact with sets specially commissioned by Furmaan Ahmed.
Artist Sgaire Wood has modeled for Charles Jeffrey and is known worldwide for her daring doll outfits and oversized eye makeup, with videos of her intricate creations attracting millions of views worldwide.
Music will come from JungleHussi, Big Gay Ross and Henri, resident DJ of Turn The Tables, a charity that provides creative projects and training to improve mental health resilience, help people overcome complex situations and explore DJing as a commercial activity for all. face barriers to education and employment.
JungleHussi is a resident at The Cheetah and a regular at Glasgow’s Clyde Built radio, as well as a practicing photographer and artist. He has performed across the UK and around the world, including warming up for Honey Dijon and Joy Orbison.
Big Gay Ross is a DJ who runs The Salty Dog bar in Dundee. He is a regular at various bars and clubs in Dundee including Klozet and Pout.
The V&A Dundee LGBT+ Staff Working Group will invite the public into the Scottish Design Galleries to experience the museum’s objects from a different perspective. They will unpack stories of identity and question alternative histories, to see the galleries from a queer perspective.
Jeffrey said, “I am very grateful to have the opportunity to respond to Michael’s work for this event. I feel so connected to his work and all the people who put him in orbit. It’s so exciting to be able to do this in Scotland, our shared home country.
Nichol Keene, Creative Programmer at V&A Dundee, said: “This one-night-only event will be truly memorable, bringing together an eclectic mix of DJs, contemporary artists and others working with the same energy as Michael Clark.
Tickets can be purchased at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee/event/387/tay-late-because-we-must