Although most of the examples from the twenthieth century were of male cross dressers there are some contemporary examples of women dressing as men that exist today. The Kingpins are a group of Australian female artists who dress as men in their video works.
The Kingpins play with the gaps in and between with an infinite series of transgressive drag acts. Coming out of Sydney’s drag scene, the female foursome utilize an aesthetics of remixing, with elements taken from mainstream media, pop culture and art history, to comment on issues of gender, sex, public space, consumerism and corporate branding. Their performances play with music, video and costume, and are presented as public interventions, sometimes in the form of ‘surprise’ actions, as well as gallery installations with posters, projections and soundtracks. Humorous, spectacular, grotesque and colourful, their work engages the audience in a subversive politics of pleasure.
Manray Hsu, 2006
Most video art is difficult to track down online as it is traded as a commodity. The work of theirs that I have seen belongs to the Museum of Contemporary Art, titled "Welcome to the Jingle" depicts the foursome invading different Starbucks as a comment on consumerism. This is shown inconjunction with another projection of the four in wild neon fringed garments shouting/singing(?) in a techno meatal death style with lyrics borrowed from films such as Gallipolli "How fast can you run, how fast can you run/ As fast as a leopard". It's not difficult then to see how the group progressed into the fashion realm, their label Birthday Suit is full of bold colours and shapes and they have collaborated with Think Positive to create some wild prints. Avaliable at Incu and Fat.