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26 March 1961|
Sunshine, Victoria, Australia
|Died||31 December 1994
|Occupation||performance artist, fashion designer, club promoter, actor, and model|
|Spouse(s)||Nicola Bateman (married 13 May 1994)|
Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 31 December 1994) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, Lady Gaga, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York City which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.
Minty and Freud
In 1993 Bowery formed the band Minty with friend and former 1980s knitwear designer Richard Torry, Nicola Bateman and Matthew Glammore.
In November 1994, Minty began a two-week-long show at London's Freedom Cafe, including audience member Alexander McQueen, but it was too much for Westminster City Council, who closed the show down after only one night. Minty was a financial loss and represented a low point in his colourful career. A spin-off band called Offset later formed including artist Donald Urquhart.
Although Bowery always described himself as gay he married his longtime companion Nicola Bateman on 13 May 1994, in Tower Hamlets, London, 7 months before his death from AIDS-related illness at the (now closed and redeveloped) Middlesex Hospital, Westminster, London on New Year's Eve 1994, after a five-week battle that only a handful of friends were informed about.
In popular culture
- Leigh Bowery Looks, by Leigh Bowery, Fergus Greer, published by Thames & Hudson Ltd; New Ed edition (2005); ISBN 0-500-28566-7
- Leigh Bowery Looks by Leigh Bowery, Fergus Greer, published by Violette Editions (2006); ISBN 1-900828-27-8
- Leigh Bowery, Violette Editions, London, (1998), ISBN 978-1-900828-04-8
- Hail the New Puritan (1985–6), Charles Atlas
- Generations of Love (1990), Baillie Walsh for Boy George
- Teach (1992), Charles Atlas
- A Smashing Night Out (1994), Matthew Glamorre
- Death in Vegas (1994), Mark Hasler
- Performance at Fort Asperen (1994)
- Flour (single screen version) (1995), Angus Cook
- U2: Popmart - Live from Mexico City (1997), Dancer during 'Lemon Mix'
- Read Only Memory (estratto) (1998), John Maybury
- Out magazine, "Untitled" by Donald Urquhart; February 2009. Accessed 2009-01-17.
- Romano, Tricia (1 December 2009). "How to Become a Tranimal - Nightlife - Blackbook". BlackBook. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Clifton, Jamie. "Why Be a Tranny When You Can Be a Tranimal?". Vice. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Posthumous New York exhibition prospectus
- Leigh Bowery obituary by Alix Sharkey
- (IMDB) The Legend of Leigh Bowery, directed by Charles Atlas. 2002, USA/France, 88 mins duration
- Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon by Sue Tilley. Published by Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1999. ISBN 0-340-69311-8
- Leigh Bowery by Robert Violette, published by: Violette Editions (London, July 1998).
- Clothing Gandhi's Nation. By Lisa Trivedi
- BBC Clothes Show excerpt with Leigh Bowery
- Donut Party hosted by Michael Alig at Twin Donuts with many New York Club regulars including Isaac Mizrahi
- Bowery footage by UK fashion photographer Nick Knight on SHOWstudio.com
- “The Legend of Leigh Bowery – Full Movie”
- The Great Unknown Melburnian
- Goodbye to the Boy from Sunshine
- Online memorial to Leigh Bowery, Derek Jarman and others
- The Legacy of Leigh Bowery by friend Donald Urquhart
- Leigh Bowery: the Life and Times of an Icon
- Taboo in London
- fashion club
- Leigh Bowery on Violette Editions