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Leigh Bowery (1961 - 1994)

Emerging in London's 1980s freaky club scene, Leigh Bowery also earned recognition for his costume designs and his stage performances during which he would appear naked, painted or clad in lurex tight garments stretching over his enormous belly, with flamboyant platform shoes and adorned with wigs Divine would have loved – thus becoming an incarnation of glorious bad taste. Promptly the perverse clown impacted the fashion and art world, transforming his ugliness into a shameless taste for exhibitionism. And when Leigh Bowery seemed to be nothing more than a guy who enjoyed dressing up, he soon turned into an icon of art performances and one of Lucian Freud’s favorite models.

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Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery with assistant Nicole Bateman, Session II-Look 37 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery with assistant Nicole Bateman, Session II-Look 37 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery for I-D Magazine, 1980s
Leigh Bowery for I-D Magazine, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight for Face Magazine, 1985
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight for Face Magazine, 1985
Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 31 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 31 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 38 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery, Session VII, Look 38 by Fergus Greer, 1994
Leigh Bowery Session II, Look 10 by Fergus Greer, 1989
Leigh Bowery Session II, Look 10 by Fergus Greer, 1989
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery Session IV- Look 19 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery Session IV- Look 19 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight, 1982
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight, 1982
Leigh Bowery,
Leigh Bowery, "Farrel House" by Ole Christiansen, 1989
Leigh Bowery and Jill at Alternative Miss World by Robin Beeche, 1986
Leigh Bowery and Jill at Alternative Miss World by Robin Beeche, 1986
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 11, by Fergus Greer, 1990
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 11, by Fergus Greer, 1990
Leigh Bowery, Session IV, Look 17 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery, Session IV, Look 17 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery, Session VI- Look 33 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery, Session VI- Look 33 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery, Session I, Look 1 by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery, Session I, Look 1 by Fergus Greer, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery, Series for Christmas Card by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery, Series for Christmas Card by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Robyn Beeche, 1984
Leigh Bowery by Robyn Beeche, 1984
Leigh Bowery at home by Deek Ridgers, 1987
Leigh Bowery at home by Deek Ridgers, 1987
Leigh Bowery by Robyn Beeche, 1984
Leigh Bowery by Robyn Beeche, 1984
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 14, by Fergus Greer, 1990
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 14, by Fergus Greer, 1990
Leigh Bowery Session II-Look 7, by Fergus Greer, 1989
Leigh Bowery Session II-Look 7, by Fergus Greer, 1989
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 14, by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery Session III-Look 14, by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery Session IV-Look 16, by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery Session IV-Look 16, by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery Session IV- Look 23 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Leigh Bowery Session IV- Look 23 by Fergus Greer, 1991
Lucian Freud, Leigh Bowery, 1991, Oil on canvas, 51 x 40,9 cm, Tate Gallery, London
Lucian Freud, Leigh Bowery, 1991, Oil on canvas, 51 x 40,9 cm, Tate Gallery, London
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery Session VI- Look 28 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery Session VI- Look 28 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Peter Ashworth, 1994
Leigh Bowery, Session VI- Look 33 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Leigh Bowery, Session VI- Look 33 by Fergus Greer, 1992
Lucian Freud, Leigh Bowery, 1990, oil on canvas
Lucian Freud, Leigh Bowery, 1990, oil on canvas
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Paul Hartnett, Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Paul Hartnett, Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Paul Hartnett, Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Paul Hartnett, Taboo, Maximus, Leicester Square, London, 1986
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery and Nicole Bateman, studio of Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, London, 1993
Leigh Bowery and Nicole Bateman, studio of Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, London, 1993
Leigh Bowery and Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, 1992
Leigh Bowery and Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, 1992
Leigh Bowery by Bruce Bernard, 1992
Leigh Bowery by Bruce Bernard, 1992
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Gerhard Jurkovic, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Gerhard Jurkovic, 1988
Leigh Bowery and Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, 1991/92
Leigh Bowery and Lucian Freud by Bruce Bernard, 1991/92
Leigh Bowery posing for Lucian Freud with the painting Leigh under the Skylight by Bruce Bernard, 1994
Leigh Bowery posing for Lucian Freud with the painting Leigh under the Skylight by Bruce Bernard, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Rene Habermacher, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine 1988
Leigh Bowery by Brad Branson in Blitz Magazine 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight, 1987
Leigh Bowery by Nick Knight, 1987
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, Session VII Look 37, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, Session VII Look 37, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1990s
Boy George and Leigh Bowery, 1980s
Boy George and Leigh Bowery, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Fergus Greer, 1990s
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery, 1980s
Leigh Bowery, 1980s
Leigh Bowery by Austin Young, 1985
Leigh Bowery by Austin Young, 1985
Leigh Bowery by Austin Young, 1985
Leigh Bowery by Austin Young, 1985
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery by Werner Pawlok, 1988
Leigh Bowery and Trojan by Steve Pike for i-D magazine, October 1984
Leigh Bowery and Trojan by Steve Pike for i-D magazine, October 1984
Leigh Bowery, Series for Christmas Card by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery, Series for Christmas Card by Johnny Rozsa, 1986
Leigh Bowery by Annie Leibivitz, 1994
Leigh Bowery by Annie Leibivitz, 1994
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