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I’m more about personal style, which is find-
ing the things you look great in and building a
wardrobe that’s enduring. Looking good is the
whole point of dressing. Otherwise we’d all be in
Any chance fashion could somehow bridge
the gap between Iraq and the United States?
In fashion? Gauchos have been known to
bring peace to the world, but I think we’ve got
bigger fish to fiy there right now. That Taliban
chic is so two years ago.
You exhibit such an outgoing gay identity.
During high school, did you purposefully
restrain yourself in order to fit in?
Never. No, I’ll tell you what happened, but
we’ll have a serious moment in the interview.
This is where I hold you and we cradle each
other. [Carson wraps his arms around me and we
hold each other for an uncomfortably long
Ever since I had a crush on Lee Majors on the
cover of Dynamite magazine in the spring of
1974,1 thought, hmmmm ... I think I’m different
than the other boys. I would get on the school
bus, and everyone would say, “Good morning,
Lovey Howell,” because I would dress nice. I
was blonde and quite striking — always a fash-
What did you wear back then?
I never didn’t dress the way I wanted to. I had
the Coca-Cola clothes, the Swatch watch, the
parachute pants and the keyboard tie.
I developed a really strong sense of humor,
because if they would laugh at me, they wouldn’t
beat me up. Nobody would actually beat you up.
But they’d give you [which Carson gladly
demonstrates] a really hard nuggie or pinch your
ear, and the titty-twister, which I now find quite
enjoyable. Now I beg people to give me titty-
So I developed a sense of humor, and that was
such a blessing because that was my defense
mechanism. I didn’t recoil. I didn’t do poorly in
school. I didn’t hide. I wasn’t ashamed. I just
took the other way out and was like, “Oh, I’m
going to be loud.”
What’s the theme?
It’s “Stairway to Heaven” — the prom is going
to be held at Lehigh University’s planetarium. I
made a video for them. I say, “Hey guys, sorry 1
can’t be at your prom. First of all, let’s drink
responsibly. And let’s think out of the box, peo-
ple. For this year, how about prom king.” And
then I grab this hot hunk and say, “And a prom
Can you explain a fashion phenomenon? Why
do kids wear their pants off their asses?
Where did that come from?
I don’t know, but we’re hying to find out who
caused it and kick their asses. I wonder why peo-
ple are still wearing pleated pants. That’s the real
Why do you hate pleats so much?
Because they’re just so not cute.
Were they cute in your Coca-Cola
No. They were always the wrong answer.
Pleats make everyone look fat. They’re unflatter-
So you’re not going to contradict yourself in
seven years if all the sudden everything is all
I doubt that it will be all about pleats. And if it
is, I will still say they’re wrong. I stand hard and
fast on this one. God, I’m not John Kerry, why in
the hell are you grilling me?
Are you dating?
No. I’m totally, painfully alone and single.
Are you on the market?
Yes. And I’m always looking.
Are you not in a relationship because you are
too famous to trust someone?
No, please! If Britney and Madonna can man-
age it, so can I.
Is there a Carson Kressley fashion line in the
No. But maybe — some day.
Did you used to date women?
If going to Benetton to look for prom dresses
is dating, then yes, I’ve done it.
Did you go to the prom?
I didn’t go to my prom. But I’m designing the
prom for my high school this year. Of course, I’m
arranging buckets of blood to get back at every-
one. No, just joking.
If clothes say a lot about a person, can you
draw any general conclusions about a guy
wearing Abercrombie & Fitch?
You mean, when it’s real logo-thon? No, not
really. Except that you know they didn’t get it on
sale — they paid retail. They’re mall shoppers.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 2004, newspaper, May 28, 2004; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616511/m1/47/: accessed June 21, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.