Gender, performance and transformation: Sonja Harms

Sonja Harms has been making extravagant clothes for artist and ceramicist Grayson Perry since 1996, having previously dressed actors, singers, dancers, closet transvestites and performance artists.

After embarking on a traditional German apprenticeship as a dressmaker, learning pattern drafting for women and men, and waitressing in a transvestite bar on weekends, Sonja tells us about her love for crafting alternative identities and her fascination with the performativity of gender.

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This Lunchtime Lecture was recorded on 6 March 2019.

Header image:

Reclining Artist (small), print, by Grayson Perry, published by Paragon Press, 2017, England. Museum no. E.749-2017. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London