Artist dresses to impress at Buckingham Palace
LONDON — Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry has been honoured at Buckingham Palace wearing what he dubbed his “Italian mother-of-the-bride” outfit. The self-described “transvestite potter” was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles on Friday. Dressed as his female alter ego, Claire, he wore a midnight blue dress and matching jacket with a widebrimmed black hat trimmed with feathers. After the ceremony, 53-year-old Perry said he felt it was important not to “compromise my identity as Britain’s pre-eminent transvestite. I Googled to see what people wore and went for the sexier end.” Buckingham Palace said Perry’s attire “was entirely appropriate.” Perry, whose ceramic creations combine delicate artistry with hard-hitting imagery, won art’s prestigious Turner Prize in 2003 and has presented programs on British radio and television.