Vogueing, a Hip New Dance from Harlem, Is Haute, Haute, Haute
updated 05/29/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/29/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
When the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS set out this spring to raise some money, it decided to hold a full-blown voguers' ball at the Roseland Ballroom. For the first time, such style mavens as rocker David Byrne, fashion model Iman and writer Fran Lebowitz (who served as judges) were treated to vogueing as it was meant to be—not just a few jerky gestures at the corner of the dance floor, but rather full teams (called houses and sometimes named after the great ones like Chanel and Saint Laurent) performing elaborate choreography on the runway. Even the prizes had exceptional style—artists such as Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel designed the trophies.
The benefit raised $400,000 for the foundation—and everybody's dance-fashion consciousness. Vogueing, we now understand, "has to do with making yourself a little more extreme, fantasizing about yourself explains award-winning voguer Willie "Ninja" Leake, 28. So get with it: Turn up the music and pose.