Legends of ‘Voguing’ and the ‘House Ballroom Scene’ of New York City 1989-92

Shown: Willi Ninja in his studio, 1989. Willi, considered a pioneering godfather of voguing became one of the scene's biggest mainstream successes, featuring in Malcolm McLaren's vogue-inspired hit Deep in Vogue and going on to coach many supermodels in the art of runway walking. Without him it's unlikely Madonna would have touched upon Vogue in 1990. The House of Ninja was founded with the aim of mixing Asian influences with voguing. Willi died in 2006Shown: Willi Ninja in his studio, 1989. Willi, considered a pioneering godfather of voguing became one of the scene’s biggest mainstream successes, featuring in Malcolm McLaren’s vogue-inspired hit Deep in Vogue and going on to coach many supermodels in the art of runway walking. Without him it’s unlikely Madonna would have touched upon Vogue in 1990. The House of Ninja was founded with the aim of mixing Asian influences with voguing. Willi died in 2006. Voguing was made popular in the late 80s and early 90s thanks to Madonna’s number one hit and the New York ballroom film Paris is Burning. But behind the scenes, photographer Chantal Regnault followed the predominantly African-American and Latin gay scene at its height between 1989-1992, capturing the energy of balls where men competed against one another, and the ‘houses’ that took inspiration from fashion labels… read & see MORE   &  Read a Q&A with Chantal Regnault

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