MEET THE VANCOUVER DESIGNER BEHIND HIGH FASHION OUTFITS ON CANADA’S DRAG RACE

Vancouver-based designer Evan Clayton is the creative mind behind all of the outfits Ilona Verley rocked on the show.

The debut season of Canada’s Drag Race has come to a close, but the incredible performances and style game the queens brought to our TV screens every Thursday made history.

Vancouver-based designer Evan Clayton is the creative mind behind all of the outfits Ilona Verley rocked on the show. Verley, who made it to the seventh episode (and has already been featured in Vogue), is a good friend of Clayton’s and has been a client of his for a long time.

She couldn’t contractually say that she was going to be on the show, so she told the designer she was going on vacation and needed a plethora of different outfits. “I knew what was up,” Clayton explains. In a few short weeks, while working on a new collection and projects for Pride, the designer made at least 50 different custom outfits for Verley.

She couldn’t contractually say that she was going to be on the show, so she told the designer she was going on vacation and needed a plethora of different outfits. “I knew what was up,” Clayton explains. In a few short weeks, while working on a new collection and projects for Pride, the designer made at least 50 different custom outfits for Verley.

Ilona Verley (Fernando Cysneiros)

Clayton says the way his designs looked on the runway during Canada’s Drag Race is a testament to Verley and the other queens’ talents. “What I do is just one small part of a large picture. I’m creating the outfit, whereas Ilona is doing the makeup and all of her own wigs.”

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