Vogue chats with Elvira about dressing for Halloween year-round, wearing the same costume since the ’80s, and the “nightmare” that is 2020.
What does Cassandra wear when she’s not Elvira?
“You wouldn’t believe it. I wear exactly what I have on right now, which is black exercise pants and a T-shirt. That is it every day. I wear so much costume and makeup, and have for so many years, that when I am not being Elvira, I don’t wear makeup, I don’t do my hair. I just put on workout clothes. To get me dressed up to go anywhere is like pulling teeth. I always wish I wouldn’t have come up with such a complicated costume, makeup, and hair. I wish it would have been more like a mumu and flip flops.”
What does it feel like to see people replicate Elvira every Halloween?
“It always blows my mind. I see so many people dressed as Elvira: I get the photos. Men, women, dogs—you name it. I just got a fantastic picture of a dog dressed like Elvira. It had two big fuzzy balls where the chest goes.”
I’ll never stop pointing out that Elvira and Dolly Parton are the world’s two most famous cis female drag performers. https://t.co/W7qcSpdCAc
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) October 28, 2020
[Photo Credit: Mathu Andersen for Vogue Magazine]