Leigh Bowery: Beyond

Though an influencer in the world of drag, Leigh Bowery was “never interested in simply being a drag queen.” A artist in every sense of the word, Bowery is known for his performance art, modeling, fashion design, and provocative nature. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and describes his parents and sister as “ordinary.” In 1980, when he was just 19, he moved to London where his career took off and remained there for the next 14 years until his death in 1994. Bowery’s work and lifestyle was both provocative and controversial. His fashion designs and performance art made a statement about society, body image, and some believe reflected his battle with Aids. “The dot face, for example, was a comment on Kaposi’s sarcoma”, said his friend DJ Princess Julia.

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