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The most stunning Prada Clutch of the season

Elizabeth Harris

Soon, Vogue’s ever-fabulous September Issue will be hitting the presses.

But we’re here to tell you about only Prada Clutch you’ll need this season.

Prada’s Priscillas, starring the fabulous Prada Clutch, is coming to Canberra on Friday 1 September for a night of glitter and glamour.

Prada tells us that her name grew out of “dress-ups” with her aunt nine years ago.

“We were trying to choose drag names and she said ‘I don’t know… I don’t see you as trashy, you’ve got to be classy! Chanel or something.’ We talked a bit more and she said ‘I’ve got it! It’s Prada’. And ‘Prada Duffel’ isn’t very flattering of course, so we went with ‘Prada Clutch.”

Having studied musical theatre at the Australian Institute of Music, Prada subsequently worked on Sydney’s Oxford Street and her show is steeped in the culture and colour of the drag community. Prada’s Priscillas is “loosely inspired” by the iconic Australia musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and is a musical revue borrowing from various elements of drag culture.

“My show is more about where drag began, with Les Girls, and Carlotta, and then we move to where drag is now, and where it’s going, which pushes us on to Lady Gaga,” Prada explains. “Everything’s been done before, but I’ve really made it what I wanted – it’s somewhat self-indulgent, but I’ve made it into something everyone can enjoy.”

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If Prada’s fabulous name hasn’t grabbed your attention, her show definitely will.

“So far, every person I’ve talked to after the show, their jaw is on the floor and they’ve got to come and pick it up the next day. It’s spectacular.”

Furthermore, the show is interactive and encourages audience members to unleash their inner Priscilla.

“At a show a few weeks ago, I had to pause after the first song and say ‘ladies and gentlemen, we are so glad you are all up and dancing, and if you want to keep dancing, get into the aisle and dance. Well, for the entire rest of the show, 90% of the audience was standing in the aisles dancing. It was absolutely crazy! It really is just a happy, fun, energetic show.”

Full of musical classics such as ‘Go West’ and ‘I Will Survive’ the show pays tribute to the musical history of the Australian drag community. Monique Kelly, an original member of Les Girls (if you don’t know who they are, we recommend a Google immediately) was indispensable to the production of Prada’s Priscillas, and has been a guiding light of sorts for Prada.

“She met me when I was working on Oxford Street, and she said to me ‘You’ve got talent, darling. We need to talk.’ And that was eight years ago now. I ran into her again about three years ago and mentioned I wanted to do this show and she said ‘Right, let’s get writing.’”

So what can you expect visually? Well, to put it simply, a lot.

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“It’s a real delight for the eyes,” Prada assures us, saying that if you don’t enjoy it “you must be blind.”

“With drag costuming, Monique has always emphasised that everything you wear must look like something you’ve never seen before.”

The costumes were hand-crafted for the show, and Prada recommends getting a back-row seat: “I can assure you, it really is over-the-top. The best seats are in the last row. It looks like a million bucks, and there was no real budget, so if Monique wanted 400 ostrich feathers, we got 400 feathers.”

But the show is more than just glitter and diamantes as the production encourages acceptance of Australia’s flourishing drag community.

“I have a lot of respect for people who went before us, and we’ve been very lucky to have people like Carlotta come and support the show – these are the people who started it all,” explains Prada.

Taking the past successes of the drag community and pushing on, Prada tells us that “We’re touring all sorts of areas, and the best thing is that after the show when I have a chit-chat with the audience, they are so willing to share their experiences with drag in the past. And people are still seeing drag, and are so accepting, and it’s because of what people like Les Girls and Carlotta did.”

We were intoxicated with Prada after our talk, and upon hearing the show is already 80% sold out, were pushed into sheer panic. If you are as in love with Prada Clutch and her girls as we are now, make sure you get online immediately to reserve you (last row) seat.

the essentials

What: Prada’s Priscillas
When:  Friday 1 September 1 at 8pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre
Tickets: canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/pradas-priscillas-male-revue

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Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris is currently studying Law and Arts at the ANU. She majors in Art History and has a minor in French. She has a hunger for fashion and food, and is a lover of the fabulous Canberra arts scene and many farmers’ markets. She has a deep interest in the intersection between the arts and law, and hopes to undergo further study in this area. Alternatively, she dreams of writing an art history thesis on the subject of memes. She can commonly be found enjoying a delicious cappuccino at any one of Canberra’s staple cafes, but particularly Tilley’s which she has frequented since she was four years old. When she grows up/old she wants to be just like Iris Apfel. More about the Author

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