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Feather boas

MOL.2015.61.5

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Drag and performance

About this object

These boas were worn by entertainers at Liverpool’s Garlands nightclub. Garlands launched in 1993 as the only after-hours gay club in Liverpool. It was opened in reaction to the underground atmosphere that many thought surrounded Liverpool’s LGBT scene of the time. Since opening, Garlands has employed flamboyant costumed performers to greet and entertain people, both in the club, and outside. Many of these performers play with ideas of drag and gender, using costume elements such as these boas to produce fantastical characters and a carnival atmosphere.

These boas were gifted by Garlands in 2015.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Feather boas
  • Accession no.
    MOL.2015.61.5
  • Type
    Feather Boa
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    c 2015
  • Materials
    Feather ; Textile
  • Location
    Museum of Liverpool, First Floor, History Detectives
  • Measurements
    unrecorded
  • Collection
    From the Museum of Liverpool collections
Object view = Social History
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