Dalida, the most-imitated cult singer in France, is now being given a new stage: the fashion museum Palais Galliera is exhibiting her flamboyant wardrobe. Mademoiselle Lili is already gasping in anticipation.
No drag queen performance is complete without Dalida. She has been regularly impersonated for decades at the oldest surviving cabaret bar “Chez Michou” in Montmartre. For every drag queen, the singer Dalida, who died in 1987, is quite something to live up to: her languishing expression, her exotic accent, her flowing mane, sometimes blonde, sometimes red, sometimes brunette, her curves, emphasised by her narrow waist, low-cut cleavage, off-the-shoulder outfits and swinging hip lines – everything about her was dizzyingly breath-taking. Dalida, the superwoman, is at least as famous for her dramatically hyperbolic fashion as she is for her dozens of international hits.