Kinky Gerlinky

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Kinky Gerlinky
AddressEmpire Ballroom
Leicester Square
LocationLondon
England
OperatorMichael Kostiff
Gerlinde Kostiff
Winn Austin
TypeClub night
Capacity3000[1]
Opened1989-1994

Kinky Gerlinky was an influential British clubnight that began in 1989 in London, England. It was hosted by fashion impresarios Michael and Gerlinde Kostiff and co-hosted by Winn Austin.[2][3] The club night ended in 1994 following the sudden death of one of the organisers Gerlinde Kostiff.[4]

History[edit]

Kinky Gerlinky was an influential British clubnight that began in 1989 in London,[5] hosted by fashion impresarios Michael and Gerlinde Kostiff [6] and hosted by Winn Austin. Following in the footsteps of 80s clubs such as the Blitz and Taboo, Kinky Gerlinky was where clubbing culture met outrageous fashion and 'out there' drag. Whilst primarily regarded as a gay club, it was actually one that attracted revellers of all sexualities as well as genders and races.[7]

Kinky Gerlinky took place monthly in the West End, starting life at Legends, then the Café de Paris, before moving onto Shaftesbury's, and finally the Empire Ballroom in Leicester Square.[8] The Kinky Gerlinky nights were compered by Winston and Stella Stein.[9] Music was supplied by the resident DJs Princess Julia, Tasty Tim, Martin Confusion and Rachel Auburn, whilst entertainment was provided by regular live music and drag performances, as well as a catwalk show.

Amongst the regulars of Kinky Gerlinky included Boy George, Leigh Bowery,[10] DJ Jon of the Pleased Wimmin, Transformer,[11] Maur Valance, MC Kinky, and Sheila Tequila.

Kinky Gerlinky's resident photographer, Dick Jewell (artist), produced a DVD/film, titled Kinky Gerlinky, in 2002[12] that celebrates the infamous club nights. Kinky Gerlinky was highly influential in the next generation of clubs such as Club Skinny, Arcadia, Club Kitten, Puscha, Stay Beautiful, Kashpoint and Nag Nag Nag.

The film premiered in 2003 as part of the Commonwealth Film Festival in Manchester, England that year.[13] It featured again at the same festival in 2007.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson. pp.83-84.
  2. ^ "A World Away". British Vogue. Conde Nast Britain. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ Haider, Arwa (6 July 2018). "Dance, Dance, Dance! The Art of Clubbing". ELEPHANT. London, England: Elephant Art Ltd. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  4. ^ "THINGS WE LIKE: KINKY GERLINKY NIGHT CLUB DVD's BY DICK JEWELL". Neil Moodie. N. Moodie. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  5. ^ Thomas, Dana (25 February 2015). "Galliano and McQueen: clubland couture". Evening Standard. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  6. ^ "A World Away". British Vogue. Conde Nast Britain. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  7. ^ Savi, Lucia (13 February 2015). "Kinky Boots • V&A Blog". V&A Blog. London, England: Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  8. ^ Wilson, Andrew (2016). Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin. New York City, New York, United States: Simon and Schuster. pp. 83–84. ISBN 9781476776743.
  9. ^ "Stella Stein". Archived from the original on 2012-07-28.
  10. ^ Lenny Ann Low Designs from artist who broke every taboo
  11. ^ Alex Gerry transformer
  12. ^ "Watch Kinky Gerlinky Online | Vimeo On Demand". Vimeo. Retrieved 2016-03-09.
  13. ^ "Kinky Gerlinky: Part of: Commonwealth Film Festival 2003". HOME. Greater Manchester Arts Centre Ltd. 2003. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  14. ^ News, Manchester Evening (16 February 2007). "Game on for Commonwealth festival". men. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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