Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Legend of Leigh Bowery


I recently finished watching a marvelous documentary called "The Legend of Leigh Bowery". For those of you outside the know, Leigh Bowery was an Australian fashion designer and artist who made a name for himself in the London art/fashion/nightlife scene of the 1980s.

I was absolutely taken by this man's ability to transform his own life into performance art by wearing the most outlandish costumes possible. His propensity for sequins, ruffles, bright colours and overall extravagant appearances is endlessly inspiring.

A big part of the film was Leigh Bowery's collaboration with the dancer Michael Clark, designing costumes for his choreography. I spent waaaay to much time staring at Michael Clark videos after this, because weird costumes and dancing set to music by The Fall is just a winning combination. These videos will change your life (if you are me).



Most of the documentary featured Leigh's friends discussing his life, and the most honest part was when somebody noted that "he was a fashion designer, but he really didn't want anyone else wearing his clothes". That doesn't sound particularly lucrative but his originality was certainly unparalleled.

RIP Leigh Bowery 1961-1994

17 comments:

kasmslo said...

I had no clue this documentary even existed! I've always had an interest towards Mr. Bowery so I just updated my Netflix queue.
Also, never had much of an affinity for dance BUT THAT LAST VIDEO! POLKA DOTS! Feeling Yayoi Kusama performance art vibes.

Charlotte Drene said...

Jesus Christ he is cool.

nicool said...

wow, i am going to have to watch this doc. bowery is such an inspiration to me. just started following your blog...great stuff lady!

samantha said...

I need to watched this, now.

Kat said...

Been looking for this one, but it's so hard to come across - and I'm IN Australia too!

Great post! x

Kat said...

I've been looking for this for a while, it's so hard to find - and I'm IN Australia!

Great post!

Lucy said...

little creepy......

louise or valentine said...

i, for a second, thought that's who the bowery street was named after. but now i really wanna check this out.

olivias-pizzaz said...

wow wow wow he is very coool! hahaha
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xx

Damsels said...

is that a fairly recent documentary? i'll have to check it out .

my captcha phrase: warmaker

good name for a band ? lol

Xu Box said...

What a fascinating individual! I am very envious of people who can go beyond just the garment making aspect of fashion and express themselves in a completely different artistic medium.

ZombieLace said...

How incredible is this!! Definitely reminds me of Club Kids.

Alé said...

Leigh Bowery really was the Cream of the Crop. He really left the world something special, but ignorance will never know what that is.

Angelica said...

Wow, why do more people not know about this guy? He is a true artist and what fashion should be all about. My favorites are the Bart Simpson with boobs and the costume where he looks like a giant upholstered chair!

BOHEMIAN FOREST said...

I WANT THOSE PLATFORMS!!

Beckerman Girls said...

WOWOW!!! I've never heard of him before. Thanks for the amazing photo and videos. Those are unnnnnbelievable creations!!! What an innovator! Love your blog!!! It's rockin and way cool!
xoBeckerman Girls
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Gonzalo said...

GREAT STYLE!