Bob the Drag Queen, of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ shops at Spandex World for fabulous fabrics

“Black is always elegant,” Bob the Drag Queen declared among a sea of fabrics ranging from stretchy rainbow sequin, cheeseburger-printed spandex and the elegant glittered velvets.

The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season eight winner took us shopping in March at Spandex World (253 W. 35th St.), an alluringly tacky albeit practical — if you’re a drag queen or perhaps designing costumes for an ’80s-themed music video — fabric shop just on the outskirts of the Garment District.

While preparing for the show, Bob the Drag Queen visited Spandex World about once a week, stocking up on fabrics from which to create catsuits, gowns, cocktail dresses and beyond.

Educated at the University of YouTube, Bob has no formal sewing training and did not grow up with a parent who sewed. This self-taught customer sews only for herself.


Melissa Kravitz