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FGUK x PAUSE: Voguing In Paris
Fashion Glossary UK presents a film in collaboration with PAUSE Online. A look into the world of the ball room in Paris.
FGUK/PAUSE: What is Vogueing?
Voguing is a form of acceptation of who you are by expressing and imitating poses from magazines. It was and still is a major way of expression for gay underground culture.
For me Vogue means having a “classy” sense of aesthetic. Almost like becoming a dream. ie… a prince or a princess.
It was in 2009 and I was a dancer, trying to learn as much as I could to be the best. I saw a video of a guy doing a dip so I tried to master it. But, I realised that this kind of technique required a better understanding of the whole dance style! So later on, when I was training in La Coupole – which was a big underground place for street dancers to train themselves – I met my master Stéphane, mother of House of Mizrahi in Paris And Lasseindra, mother of House of Ninja. They taught me everything I know about vogueing and this culture.
Because of the war going on out here! The French spirit is naturally a shady one, more than in any other country, I guess. “So when it comes to the ballroom, people comes for snatch some trophies”.
FGUK/PAUSE: Vogueing stems from Black Gay Culture: how diverse is the Vogue scene now and does it dilute the origins behind the culture?
Well, I don’t think so. In the 80’s, being gay and black was tough and hard, but times have changed for the better and the culture has evolved into something good. We can see people not from the LGBT community compete and dance, but we support it by vogueing our way into it.
It’s a strong part of the vogueing image! You have to jump, sit on one of your knees and then laydown on the floor with arms on both sides. There are many ways to do it, like the No Jump which is called a Dip. Or with one leg up, which we call Macarella.
A ballroom is the centre of the Vogue community. You can find ball tournament where people from the ballroom scene can participate by walking categories of vogue.
You can now see ballrooms opening across the world from Italy, London, New York and Amsterdam.
Curated by Fashion Glossary UK & Pause Magazine.
Produced by FGUK & PAUSE Online.
Directed by Patrick Paëlla & Victor Pattyn
Edited by Isus Williams
Styled by Marvin Maddix and Danayit Kidane
All Clothing with thanks to Etudes Studios & Andrea Crews
Casting by Tommaso Cassani
With thanks to all Dancers Francis Zolanski , Karteer Aguero, Kayzzy-Kali , Kendall Malone, Kevin Table, Marvin Oliveira, Mathieu Mendy, Rashaad Haughton, Ritchy De La Vega, Willow Mizrahi
Clothing credits: Andrea Crews, Études Studio, Karl Alley & Urban Outfitters.