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The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Atlas ... Himself
Leigh Bowery
Michael Bracewell ... Himself
Sophie Fiennes ... Herself
Bella Freud ... Herself

Boy George ... Himself
Damien Hirst ... Himself
Stewart Laing ... Himself
Rifat Ozbek
Stella Stein
Richard Torry ... Himself

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Charles Atlas 
 
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Sylvie Blum .... producer
Lucy Sexton .... producer
 
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Richard Torry 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Nicholls 
Jens Tang 
 
Film Editing by
Jens Tang 
 
Art Direction by
James David Goldmark 
 

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83 min | UK:60 min
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A Fashion Visionary, 22 January 2007
Author: qlazzarus24 from United States

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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