How Vin Tagè is supporting the Australian LGBTIQA+ community one handmade frock at a time

With his fancy frocks a symbol of diversity and inclusion, Daniel Theophanou, aka Vin Tagè, explains how he's supporting the Australian LGBTIQA+ community.

If you saw Daniel Theophanou (whose pronouns are he/him as Daniel or she/her as Vin Tage) in his ‘normal’ clothes, you’d find it hard to believe it's the same person that was strutting under our PostPride banner for Midsumma Pride, dressed head to toe in Australia Post mailing satchels.

Growing up in the coastal city of Wollongong, NSW, Daniel always jumped at the chance to dress up or put on the odd performance. After learning to sew when he was 12 years old, Daniel had no idea where their sewing skills and love for fashion would take off.

Fast forward to 2018 when Vin Tagè was born—a drag queen alter ego inspired by a love for vintage fashion and admiration of other creatives. Today, Daniel spends their time adorned in home-made, head-turning outfits while out and about hosting events and advocating for the LGBTIQA+ community.

Reuse, Recycle, Re-slay

With plenty of help from his mother Eileen, Daniel makes all their outfits for their drag queen alter ego. And with the outfits come opportunities to engage with communities, advocate for minority groups, and celebrate this unique part of himself, one extravagant frock at a time.

Reuse, Recycle, Re-slay might as well be Vin Tagè’s motto. From tinsel to tennis balls, Vin Tagè has even used dead bees to adorn a wig for Halloween (don’t worry, the bees were sourced from an old hive and died naturally).

“I love making things, being creative, opp-shopping,” Vin Tage says, “I’ve made an outfit out of a rug, bin liners. It just evolved from that.”

One of Vin Tagè’s most epic upcycle projects was with an old Miss Australia campaign dress, originally made with Australian flags, Vin Tagè added a proud collar adorned in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. That's the beauty of Vin Tagè and her wardrobe; she has the ability to communicate messages through a visual medium that is bold and playful, and can reach a wide audience.

A symbol for diversity