LADY MISS KIER
Singer & Songwriter
When Deee-Lite’s first white label release took off, the label told us we'd get to shoot a video. I immediately called Glamamore to make the costumes for what became the ‘Groove is in the Heart’ video and tour.
I knew I wanted to be wearing red hot pants up on my Gogo cube, and she designed it. She made that harlequin jumpsuit out of three Pucci pair of tights that were in a discount bin at Pucci. That set a trend, and later that year, Emilio Pucci was winning a lifetime achievement award and they asked me to help present it to him. The backless green sequin catsuit that Glamamore made me got knocked off by a famous French couture designer. That was the ultimate homage to be paid to us both.
Glamamore helped make Paris burn for me... literally. The first time I was there to sing, there was a riot because the venue oversold tickets. Someone stuck outside lit a car on fire. I mean, it was literally on fire, so Paris was burning and I was wearing Mr. David. Mugler and Gaultier were in the front row, and I met them backstage. Everyone was like, ‘Who is she wearing?’
CONNIE GIRL FLEMING
Illustrator, Stylist, & Performer
[Life in New York City in the ‘80s was] a happy time. But it was difficult because of AIDS and what it was doing to the community. Everybody stepped up, though. David and I were literally doing benefit after benefit after benefit after benefit... just doling out love. Because it needed to happen. There was no kind of way around it. We couldn't be like, "Oh, I'll do that tomorrow..." No. You had to do it now. You have to do it today. Because there was no tomorrow for a lot of people.
I remember we were performing somewhere, so we got half dressed. Matthew [Kasten] took us to... it wasn't Bellevue, but there's another hospital down the road from there. He snuck us in, and we finished getting dressed in the elevator. Then we got off the elevator, did our finishing touches in the hallway, and walked into this patient’s room and performed. The nurses and orderlies heard and saw us, and they were like "Oh, can you come to the room down the hall? They would really love you.” And we had to say no, because we had to go and perform at the Palladium that night.
So, it was constant, and you had to step up. Because it was literally life-or-death. And that was daunting. But we had to keep moving because it wasn't only for us. It was for the community as a whole that we had to keep on moving.
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS DIANDRA
…and then us Boy Bar Beauties did Gay Pride in '87. I mean, you know Glama was making those fucking costumes to the 11th hour—plus tax! So I'm coming from [Paradise] Garage, and I showed up, and, you know, back then we had these queens… they were always so helpful. “Just wanna to be a part of it!” God I miss that. They’re all, “Sit down girl. I got you.” Beat my mug. I put that Patti LaBelle head on, I was Nefertiti. I mean, Glama turnt a Nefertiti outfit on my body! “Where’s my costume?” “Shut up! Shut up!” Boom boom boom boom! And there it is. Gorgeous. I used to love that. She’s just so talented. Like crazy, crazy, genius talented.
DJ & Songwriter
In the ‘80s, we were living a life no 18-year-old from anywhere could come and do now. In those days, you could pay a couple hundred bucks each month for rent and then go out every night for free: Palladium, Danceteria, Area, Pyramid, Boy Bar, all in one night.
We got really dressed up back then. I wore makeup everyday and walked everywhere in high heels. And we drank for free. If the doormen liked the way you looked, they’d invite you in. My friends and I got treated like stars. We’d go into places and be like, “Oh my god! There’s Grace Jones, and Warhol, and Debbie Harry, and Madonna, and Keith Haring.” And then, all the New York stars of the time were there, too. Like John Sex, Dianne Brill. And then you had the Boy Bar queens.
They were nightlife stars! We didn’t see them as any different than Grace Jones or other big stars hanging out in the clubs. They were all stars. You know, as a kid, I always thought of Divine as being a rock star. I never realized that Divine wasn't much different than Glamamore—except that she was working with John Waters and had the film success, you know? But like Divine, Glamamore’s a rock star who dresses in drag. And she’s no different than Cher, or Elton John, or Bowie. She’s just not maybe as famous as a Cher or an Elton or a Bowie, but she’s a star nonetheless.
Drag Queen & Restauranteur
There are so many different aspects of David’s artistic life that make him special. I am really fortunate that I get to be a part of the madness. There are times when everything he does is completely thought out and in order. And then, it’s complete insanity and spontaneity.
I love the over 3000 garments he has made for me—but get such a charge watching him create something for other people. It’s such an intimate thing to get a couture garment made for you. There have been many occasions when I’ve seen someone transform and come to life in his clothes.
Throughout my life, I’ve never met anyone who completely lives their life as an artist such as David does. He inspires me every day and has shown me how to live my life exactly that way.