Leigh Bowery

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Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery

Leigh Bowery – Biography

Australian fashion designer, nightclub promoter, and performance artist Leigh Bowery was best known as the owner of the hedonistic Taboo nightclub in London.

Leigh Bowery- Birth, Age, Ethnicity, Siblings, Education

Leigh Bowery, a promoter of nightclubs and an avant-garde fashion designer, was born in Sunshine, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, on March 26, 1961. Young Bowery immigrated to London and quickly made a name for himself as a flamboyant fixture of the city’s nightlife and fashion industry. 

He established the disco and fetish nightclub Taboo in 1985. Bowery was still involved in theatrical and art circles when he passed away in 1994 from an AIDS-related illness.

Bowery experienced a sense of alienation from his traditional surroundings from a young age. British fashion publications were how he first discovered London and the New Romantic movement.

Following his completion of a high school fashion study, Bowery relocated to London in 1980. He became a well-known presence in neighborhood clubs, in part due to his eccentric personal fashion choices.

Bowery quickly made friends with David Walls and Guy Barnes, also known as Trojan, while living in London. Together, the three men moved in, and Bowery dressed his buddies in his original creations. The group became known as the “Three Kings” in the London club scene.

Leigh Bowery- Relationship, Girlfriend

In May 1994, Leigh Bowery, who had long identified as gay, wed his buddy Nicola Bateman. On New Year’s Eve in 1994, in London, seven months after his marriage to Bateman, Bowery passed away from an AIDS-related sickness. Only a select few close friends were aware that he had the disease.

Leigh Bowery- Professional Career

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As a fashion designer, Bowery had some success, showcasing several collections in New York, Tokyo, London, and other cities. However, he was best known for being a club promoter and a mainstay of London’s nightlife. Bowery established the dance bar nightclub Taboo in 1985.

 Taboo, which started as an underground event, gradually established itself as London’s Studio 54. Taboo was renowned for defying sexual norms and embracing identities Bowery referred to as “polysexual.”

Bowery was involved in performance art in addition to his club activities, and he was well-connected in London’s theater and art communities. He frequently performed with masks, lurex costumes, and face paint because he loved to shock and defy convention wherever he could. In addition, Bowery acted as a model for some of Lucien Freud’s later photographs, appearing in his underwear.

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