About

Darrell Thorne is a multi-disciplinary artist specializing in makeup, costume design, and performance art for stage, screen, and editorials. 
As a performer, Darrell works regularly in nightlife, theatrical, and private events in New York City,  nationally, and internationally.  He was a featured artist in residence at the Park Avenue Armory Gala in 2016, 2017, and 2019, he and his company are regular performers at events throughout the city  for institutions like Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chashama, New York Academy of Art, and multiple private and corporate foundations.  

Previous live performances include Ageha (Tokyo), the Social Star Awards (Singapore), Selfridges (London), Funkhaus (Berlin), The Life Ball (Vienna), Avant Garde (Munich), the Mexico City Cabaret Festival, and as the opening act on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Premiere Tour.   
His performances and original designs have been featured in videos for Jennifer Hudson, Blondie, Brooke Candy, The Magnetic Fields, Steven Klein, and Madonna, whose video for “Living for Love” featured the queen of pop wearing a custom mask designed by Thorne.  Elsewhere in the media, he’s been lauded on Live with Kelly, played a principal character on Season 2 of HBO’s High Maintenance (wearing an original costume designed for the role) and designed the winning headpiece worn by Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly during the on-air finale. 
As a designer, he created a custom headpiece for Giovanna Battaglia, which she described as “Oscar worthy”, a series of Hindu deities for Martha Stewart that she called “wonderfully designed” and “amazing”, and original costuming for Mila, The Great Sorcerer, a new opera which debuted as part of the Prototype Festival in 2019.  His work has been featured in editorials for NumeroV MagazineVogueHarpers Bazaar, King Kong Magazine, Bust Magazine and Paper. Thorne also created the makeup design for Taylor Mac’s Walk Across America for Mother Earth, as well as the cover art makeup for Mac’s play HIR.
Darrell was named one of the OUT 100 in 2015, and works out of his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.