Voguing: The Message

Directed by David Bronstein, Dorothy Low, Jack Walworth
1989
USA
13 mins

A pre-Madonna primer that raises questions about race, sex, and subcultural style, Voguing: The Message traces the roots of this gay Black and Latino dance form, which appropriates and plays with poses and images from mainstream fashion. Voguing competitions that parody fashion shows and rate the contestants on the basis of movement, appearance, and costume, are highlighted in this 1989 documentary that provides early access to the movement that eventually swept the nation.

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