Behind The Scenes of an Extravaganza

Our team at RADmag has been working hard this month in preparation for the release of our seventh issue. We are very excited to share with you what some students at Ryerson have created this past year. In previous issues, we have featured editorials produced in-house by our very own team. We have received so much positive feedback about these spreads, and had to include more for issue seven. As always, it's an experience for us, and we want to share some behind the scenes of the process. Here is a look at one of our latest editorials, Category Is. This editorial was inspired by the clothing and makeup from the documentary Paris Is Burning, but more importantly the positive experience that arose in preparation to go to a Ball.

Jennie Livingston’s documentary Paris Is Burning captures the life, energy and creativity of the
underground ball culture that existed in Harlem, New York in the late eighties. At these balls, competitions were held that involved various activities including: voguing, fashion and category walks. These balls were an inclusive environment for people in the marginalized queer community, specifically people of colour. Homeless people, transgender youth and people exiled from their homes could come to a ball and express their creativity and freedom whether they were competing or just watching.

Each look in this editorial represents a select category of style that would be seen at a ball: Butch Queen Vogue Fem, Banji Girl, or Realness. For this editorial, a diverse team came together to recreatethe attitude that existed in the eighties. Using film photography, Category Is captures the vintage feel seen in photos from the eighties.




Behind the Scenes Videographer: Connor Garel
Photography: Lucy Alguire
Creative Director and Stylist: Iain Ailles
Models: Demiyah Perez, Matthew Cuff,
Alexander Campbell
Makeup Artistry: Kevin Doño