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Wear+where: makeup artist Midori Tajiri-Byrd as LibeRaunchy 

Tell us about yourself.

LibeRaunchy is a foppish creature of indeterminate gender and origin. They are a presence in the Mystic Krewe of P.U.E.W.C., and they also appear regularly in The Marvelous Show at GrandPre's and other local drag and variety shows.

How would you describe your style?

LibeRaunchy takes cues from various eras, such as androgynous glam rock and Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, Louis XIV and the court of Marie Antoinette. They combine those styles in a kitschy, colorful, over-the-top mash-up. [It puts] Harajuku Japanese street fashion in a NOLA context.

What do you plan on wear-ing to Southern Decadence?

The costume is top secret, but will likely be an andro- gynous and glittery summer ensemble comprised largely of [a] wig.

Do you have any tips for costuming for Decadence?

Although it may be the antithesis of fashion, wear comfortable shoes. You can still cover them with glitter, though. LibeRaunchy always finds great costume pieces, accessories by local artists and wigs at Kawaii NOLA and Miette. You can put together your own look (like LibeRaunchy did here) from pieces at No Fleas Market, a resale shop that benefits local animal welfare. Other than that, use this time to fully express yourself and wear/do/say things that you might not do other times of year.

What big things do you have coming up?

LibeRaunchy will host The TMI Talk Show with drag partner Eureeka Starfish every second Thursday of the month at NOLA Comedy Theater. The Marvelous Show is every second Friday at GrandPre's. LibeRaunchy also appears in an ensemble show at Cafe Istanbul Friday, Sept. 2 as part of the Dykeadence/Decadence events.


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