Night Flowers of London
The worlds of drag and high fashion collide after dark: http://slate.me/1OJtwkQ
- •On the streets of Soho and East London, a fascinating subculture emerges when the sun sets.
- •Its adherents are called “Night Flowers”, and they defy easy description.
- •According to artist Damian Frost, they’re a “a loose-knit community of drag queens and kings; club kids; alternative queer, transgender, and gender-queer people; goths; artists; and cabaret, burlesque, and fetish performers.”
- •Frost has been photographing the community since 2014.His book, “Night Flowers: From Avant-Drag to Extreme Haute-Couture”, was released in March.
- •He began his project with the intention to photograph one interesting Londoner each night.
- •Frost was impressed how Night Flowers used their bodies as art and the streets as public galleries.
- •“In a world where everything is packaged according to age-old market demographics, it’s easy to regard these ‘Night Flowers’ as being the torch-bearers of an anti-establishment ethos of ‘true punk’,” writes Frost.
- •Most of his brushes with Night Flowers were brief, but sometimes they invited him back to their underground clubs and dance floors.
- •Though many of these hideaways have fallen to the encroaching forces of gentrification, Frost is optimistic about the Night Flowers’ future.
- •“The culture itself survives though—it will always find somewhere new and maybe it loses a focal point for a while but most cultures and scenes go through processes of reinvention anyway. So as much as I think it’s disappointing when it happens, it’s not necessarily a death knell sounding,” he said.