Know Your Icons: Leigh Bowery

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26 March 1961 – 31 December 1994

Leigh Bowery

Extremely influential in the 1980's and the 1990's, and still people from every end of the fashion spectrum are inspired by his "punch in the face" appearance. 

A fashion designer, and make up artist, and club promoter, hosting a club called, Taboo. 

I HIGHLY SUGGEST watching interviews of him, and gawk at his colorful personality. And WATCH the MOVIE,

HAIL THE NEW PURITAN

A fictionalized documentary about the Scottish dancer and choreographer Michael Clark. All costumes and makeup done by him.

 

Inspired an onslaught of future Icons

Associating himself with countless stars and social groups, he was extraordinary.

Leigh made clothing for Boy George.

Leigh made clothing for Boy George.

Danced and laughed with, The Blitz kids, a group of young adults who frequented the Blitz night club, In 1980's London, Boy George also a Blitz Kid. 

Danced and laughed with, The Blitz kids, a group of young adults who frequented the Blitz night club, In 1980's London, Boy George also a Blitz Kid. 

AND, THE CLUB KIDS, in New York. (He is in the white outfit, next to the one and only Michael Alig, and on and off lover Dj Kioke) 

AND, THE CLUB KIDS, in New York. (He is in the white outfit, next to the one and only Michael Alig, and on and off lover Dj Kioke) 

The club kids (a massive group of teens and young adults consuming a bunch of drugs and wore grotesque and extravagant clothing) were often inspired by Bowery. 

Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery

Michael Alig

Michael Alig

Hung out with Divine!..

Hung out with Divine!..

Bowery and McQueen

For a short amount of time Bowery had a band, Called Minty and Freud (1980's) and McQueen would see them perform multiple times!

Later Alexander McQueen put Bowery's look of big red lips in his Fall 2009 Collection.

Inspired Lady Gaga

“Leigh was a singular figure — born in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, he immigrated to London in 1980 where he immersed himself in the burgeoning dance music scene. After a failed stint as a fashion designer, Bowery set his focus on climbing the club circuit, making elaborate costumes for himself and friends. The clothing got him noticed, but it was his outsized personality that really impressed — he was soon offered a job as a club promoter where he revolutionized London’s music scene.”