Artist dresses to im­press at Buck­ing­ham Palace

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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