by Daniel Wilson
Bruce LaBruce is a Canadian writer, film maker and photographer, famous for pushing the envelope and then some. His films and his book, The Reluctant Pornographer, endlessly raise eyebrows as well as the bar in queer cinema. One of LaBruce’s most recognized films, Hustler White (1996) provided inspiration for one of John Galliano’s most notorious collections.
At the screening of LaBruce’s new gay zombie love story (that was censored by YouTube), Otto, or Up, With Dead People, I put on a children’s tiger costume borrowed from The AGO and went to Circa to meet Bruce, to talk about – what else? Fashion.
What celebrities or fashion icons today do you think might actually be zombies?
“I’m pretty down on celebrity culture in general, its become an epidemic. But possibly Paris Hilton or Sarah Palin.”
If you were a zombie what designer would you wear?
“Rick Owens is on the top of my wish list. He donated all of the costumes for the film including stuff from his own collection like this monkey fur coat he got at an antiques market and is now probably worth a fortune.”
Are there any current fashion trends you wish would die?
“Paris Hilton has the same expression all the time, but I guess in a way that is sort of charming in a zombie way. I hate Sarah Palin’s neo-conservative chic.”
What is the sexiest garment a man can wear in public, outside of your films?
“ I think a good hat is really sexy, 1940’s style worn at just the right angle, its great. Also it can hide flaws.