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A brief look at the artists that inspired the RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs. The World series 1, episode 5 looks, as well as other artworks with a Drag Race link!

10 artworks
  • One of Baga Chipz's best looks this season was inspired by one of the most famous series of still lifes – van Gogh's Sunflowers.

    Sunflowers 1888
    Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)
    Oil on canvas
    H 92.1 x W 73 cm
    The National Gallery, London
    Sunflowers
    Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

  • Although the judges couldn't quite see Blu's reference to Picasso straight away (thanks to block colouring giving the look a Mondrian feel), Blu's make up and the face on the back of the dress was clearly Picasso-inspired.

    Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs) 1937
    Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
    Oil on canvas
    H 60.8 x W 50 cm
    Tate
    Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs)
    © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: Tate

  • Janey Jacké did a great job of capturing the colour and a screen-print like effect in her makeup and hair, outdoing a lot of the Warhol-inspired looks on All Stars 3, Episode 5.

    Marilyn Diptych 1962
    Andy Warhol (1928–1987)
    Acrylic on canvas
    H 205.4 x W 144.8 cm
    Tate
    Marilyn Diptych
    © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: Tate

  • Jujubee explained that her look was inspired by a dress design by Iris van Herpen and Miami's Art Deco buildings. Although not inspired by an artwork as such, I couldn't help but think of Klimt's sumptuous paintings.

    Portrait of Hermine Gallia 1904
    Gustav Klimt (1862–1918)
    Oil on canvas
    H 170.5 x W 96.5 cm
    The National Gallery, London
    Portrait of Hermine Gallia
    Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

  • Mo Heart's mix of unusual symbols with a sinister edge captured the spirit of Dali's surrealist paintings with a bold use of lavender fabric, potentially inspired by this painting?

    Le signal de l'angoisse (The Signal of Anguish) 1936
    Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)
    Oil on wood
    H 21.8 x W 16.2 cm
    National Galleries of Scotland
    Le signal de l'angoisse (The Signal of Anguish)
    © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2022. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

  • Bonus: Lemon revealed her intended look on Twitter, inspired by both a sculpture and painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas.

    Two Dancers on a Stage 1874
    Edgar Degas (1834–1917)
    Oil on canvas
    H 61.5 x W 46 cm
    The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)
    Two Dancers on a Stage
    Photo credit: The Courtauld

  • Bonus: Cheryl Hole revealed her intended Dali-inspired Lobster Telephone look on her Instagram.

    Lobster Telephone 1936
    Salvador Dalí (1904–1989)
    Steel, plaster, rubber, resin & paper
    H 17.8 x W 33 x D 17.8 cm
    Tate
    Lobster Telephone
    © Salvador Dali, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Tate

  • Bonus: do you recall Aquaria's episode 3 runway back in season 10 of Drag Race? The use of multiple arrows striking her feathered dress recalls Saint Sebastian, somewhat of a gay icon in art history!

    Saint Sebastian probably 1480-95
    Matteo di Giovanni (c.1430–1495)
    Tempera on wood
    H 126.4 x W 59.7 cm
    The National Gallery, London
    Saint Sebastian
    Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

  • Bonus: Divine was a subversive drag superstar, starring in multiple John Waters' films (including the original Hairspray). She is a clear influence on drag today, particularly Drag Race star Eureka.

    Divine Woman 1988
    Andrew Logan (b.1945)
    Glass, glitter & resin
    H 61 x W 49 x D 34 cm
    Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture
    Divine Woman
    © the artist. Photo credit: Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

  • Bonus: the sculptor of these two works of Divine is Andrew Logan who founded the Alternative Miss World competition in the 1970s, set to return for its 50th anniversary edition at Shakespeare's Globe this year.

    Divine Man 1988
    Andrew Logan (b.1945)
    Glass, glitter & resin
    H 46 x W 27 x D 25 cm
    Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture
    Divine Man
    © the artist. Photo credit: Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture