A Visual History of Drag Since the 1880s


Drag, "Dressed as Girl," began in ancient times while the term was coined in the Shakespearean theatre. But, learning our herstory can be hard since so much of it was filled with total shame. Luckily, “Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers,” is on view at The Photographers’ Gallery in London until June 3rd.

"Drawn from the extensive personal archives of filmmaker and photography collector Sébastien Lifshitz, this exhibition of amateur 'found' photographs from Europe and the US explores gender non-conformity and cross-dressing. Dating from 1880 onwards, the photos are mostly of unnamed and unknown figures – having been mainly collected from flea markets, garage sales, junk shops and ebay - and as such offer an unauthorised view into the worlds of individuals and groups choosing to defy gender conventions."

Read and see more at The Photographer's Gallery.

Photo from  “Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers.”