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.
She was only 54-years-old. Moved, I tiptoe past the beautiful fabrics she used to hide her internal dramas, and secretly think to myself that you could reduce such dramatic falls with low-key sneakers and jeans.
Dalida - la garde-robe de la ville à la scène, till 13 August in Palais Galliera. www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr