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The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

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Bella Freud ...
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This documentary explores the life and times of artist/designer/performer/provocateur Leigh Bowery. He designed costumes and performed with the enfante terrible of British dance Michael Clark, designed one of a kind outrageous costumes and creations for himself, ran one of the most outrageous clubs of 1980s London club scene Taboo (later immortalized in Boy George's Broadway musical, and was the muse of the great British painter Lucian Freud. The film includes interviews with Damien Hirst, Bella Freud, Cerith Wyn Evans, Boy George, and his widow Nicola Bowery. The sound score is by Richard Torrey, who performed with Bowery in their band Minty. Written by Lucy Sexton

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15 May 2002 (USA)  »

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$6,038 (USA) (28 November 2003)

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$10,445 (USA) (5 December 2003)
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A Fashion Visionary
22 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very captivating documentary about a visionary icon of his time and craft. If you know nothing of Leigh Bowery, he was a rather unusual bloke who grew up in a laid back suburb of Australia called Sunshine. Probably feeling stifled, he then left to make his mark in the world, ending up in London, England. This was basically as far as he could get from his upbringing without leaving the planet. But "otherworldly" was exactly what Leigh was. Leigh was and is described as "living art"; that is to say that Leigh wore his own masterpieces in the form of bizarrely, fantastic outfits. This was his lifestyle. Usually he wore them out to clubs and such, living a mostly nocturnal life as a kind of grandam in the London scene. With regard to his outfits, some say Leigh wore them to shock people, keeping them in the limbo of not knowing whether to feel embarrassed, stare, or just plain run in the other direction. One thing is for sure, Leigh was never ignored and basked in this somewhat perverted reality of emotions. Phantasmagorical, is the one word I can think to best describe Leigh Bowery.

Leigh's life and work are still celebrated today and have to come to the forefront as of late. He was definitely one of those cats who was ahead of their time.

If your interested in observing an awesome life, lived very, very differently, then this documentary is for you.


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