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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 The 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. He died 7 months later on New Year's Eve, 1994, from an AIDS-related illness at the Middlesex Hospital, Westminster, London. This followed from a five-week battle that only a handful of friends were informed about.
In popular culture
Leigh Bowery played an intrinsic part in post-punk dance company of Michael Clark, where he designed costumes and also performed from 1984 right up until his death.
In Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy season 2 episode 2, Noel is advised to give his fantasy block a physical / visual form. He describes it as ...rotund but kind of stylish, like a Leigh Bowery creation. This is a wonderful moment of Noel giving credit to a fellow artist who has obviously been a significant influence on his outlandish costume characters.
- 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
- Urquhart, Donald (February 2009). "Back in the Gay". Out. ISSN 1062-7928.
- Parker, Ian (26 February 1995). "A Bizarre Body of Work". The Independent.
- Romano, Tricia (1 December 2009). "How to Become a Tranimal". BlackBook. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Clifton, Jamie (26 June 2012). "Why Be a Tranny When You Can Be a Tranimal?". Vice. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Episode Guide: Series One: Official: Episode Three". Spaced Out.
- Posthumous New York exhibition prospectus
- Sharkey, Alix. "Saturday Night: Born in Sunshine, died in London". The Independent. – via HighBeam (subscription required)
- (IMDB) The Legend of Leigh Bowery, directed by Charles Atlas. 2002, USA/France, 88 mins duration
- Tilley, Sue (1999). Leigh Bowery: The Life and Times of an Icon. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-69311-8.
- Leigh Bowery by Robert Violette, published by: Violette Editions (London, July 1998).
- 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
- Gottschalk, Karl-Peter (1995). "Goodbye to the Boy from Sunshine".
- Online memorial to Leigh Bowery, Derek Jarman and others
- "The Legacy of Leigh Bowery by friend Donald Urquhart". SHOWstudio. Archived from the original on 2011-08-14.
- "Taboo in London". Albemarle of London Ticket Agency. Archived from the original on 2006-10-23.