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Leigh Bowery, photo by Ole Christiansen

Leigh Bowery, photo by Ole Christiansen

26th March would have been the birthday of Leigh Bowery (who passed away in 1994), genius and legendary Australian performer artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer (also for the Michael Clark Dance Company), based in London and was part of London Blitz Kids, New York City Michael Alig’s Club Kids and founder along with Boy George in 1985 of Taboo Club during the times of new-romantic movement. Today I remember him who is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles, influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny along with many bands and nightclubs in London and New York City which arguably perpetuated his avant-garde ideas featuring the grotesque as non-conventional standard of beauty. Many are the books, documentary films, exhibitions and the permanent collections at Museums that celebrate his sign, that visionary attitude going beyond time and energy I love and pay homage always and forever.

LEIGH BOWERY: SEMPRE & PER SEMPRE

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight

Il 26 marzo sarebbe stato il compleanno di Leigh Bowery (venuto a mancare nel 1994), geniale e leggendario performer artist australiano, club promoter, attore, pop star, modello e fashion designer(anche per la Michael Clark Dance Company) che ha vissuto a Londra ed ha fatto parte dei Blitz Kids di Londra, dei Club Kids di Michael Alig a New York ed ha fondato con Boy George nel 1985 il famoso locale Taboo ai tempi del movimento new-romantic. Oggi ricordo lui che è considerato una delle figure più emblematiche, avendo influenzato una generazione di artisti e designer. La sua influenza é giunta attraverso il mondo della moda, dei locali notturni e dell’ arte  per avere impatto, tra gli altri, su Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny unitamente a svariati gruppi e locali notturni a Londra e New York City che presumibilmente hanno perpetrato le sue avveniristiche idee di cui è protagonista il grottesco quale, anticonvenzionale e sovversivo standard di bellezza. Molteplici sono i libri, i documentari, le mostre e le collezioni permanenti nei musei che celebrano il suo segno, quell’ estro visionario oltre il tempo ed energia che amo e a cui rendo omaggio sempre e per sempre.

Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud working on his portrait

Leigh Bowery and Lucien Freud working on his portrait

 

Leigh Bowery by Lucien Freud, 1991, Tate Modern

Leigh Bowery by Lucien Freud, 1991, Tate Modern

 

Leigh Bowery/Alexander McQueen

Leigh Bowery/Alexander McQueen

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Leigh Bowery/ Alexander McQueen

Leigh Bowery/ Alexander McQueen

 

 

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen

 

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

 

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

Leigh Bowery/John Galliano

 

John Galliano

John Galliano

 

Leigh Bowery/Jean Paul Gaultier

Leigh Bowery/Jean Paul Gaultier

 

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

 

Leigh Bowery/Gareth Pugh

Leigh Bowery/Gareth Pugh

 

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

 

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

 

Leigh Bowery/Margiela

Leigh Bowery/Margiela

 

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2013

Maison Margiela Fall/Winter 2013

 

Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela

 

Margiela

Margiela

 

Leigh Bowery/Michael Clark

Leigh Bowery/Michael Clark

 

 

photo by Sølve Sundsbø

photo by Sølve Sundsbø

 

Boy George

Boy George

 

Boy George and Leigh Bowery at the Taboo

Boy George and Leigh Bowery at the Taboo

 

Beth Ditto

Beth Ditto

 

Leigh Bowery & Nicola Bateman/ Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016

Leigh Bowery & Nicola Bateman/ Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2016

 

Costume for a female performer designed by Leigh Bowery and made by Mr Pearl for 1987 dance performance, "Because We Must" by Michael Clark Dance Company (Victoria & Albert Museum Collections)

Costume for a female performer designed by Leigh Bowery and made by Mr Pearl for 1987 dance performance, “Because We Must” by Michael Clark Dance Company (Victoria & Albert Museum Collections)

 

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scumbag

Scumbag” is the new film by Mars Roberge – bright filmmaker who made the documentary film “The little house that could” on the famous costume designer Patricia Field -, a dramatic dark comedy, emphasized by a showcase of colorful characters, satirizing the teen angst and questioning about the existence and its meaning, trying to answer to the question “why I am here”. “It is a movie for anyone who has ever hated their job and would do anything to not be there”- thus the filmmaker asserts, telling the story about a young hipster wannabe-superstar dj, Phil, who takes on a day job at a telemarketing company, working with crazy people, ex-prisoners, drug addicts and murderers. The time on his life begins to tick as he battles addiction, fights the law and tries to maintain the only sane thing left in his life, his girlfriend. The film features in its cast celebrated personas as Alexis Arquette, John Lehr, Nina Hartley, the famous DJ Keoki who was yesterday part of Club Kids, the legendary party promoter, creator of Club Kids Michael Alig and many others. The virtual platform Indiegogo supporting independent projects hosts “Scumbag” or rather the fund-raising to finance the film, running through 17th December 2014. Thus dear FBFers, let’s join with me and give your modest contribution to develop this independent project!

“SCUMBAG”, LA DARK COMEDY DI MARS ROBERGE SU INDIEGOGO

Mars Roberge

Mars Roberge

Scumbag” è la nuova pellicola di Mars Roberge – brillante regista, autore del documentario “The little house that could” sulla famosa costumista Patricia Field -, una drammatica dark comedy, enfatizzata da una rassegna di bizzarri personaggi alquanto particolari che satireggia sull’ angoscia esistenziale e si interroga sull’ esistenza e il suo significato, provando a rispondere all’ interrogative “perché mi trovo qui”. “È un film per tutti quelli che abbiano sempre odiato il loro lavoro e vorrebbero far qualsiasi cosa per non esser là”- come afferma il regista – che racconta la storia di un giovane DJ aspirante-superstar, Phil, che accetta un lavoro diurno presso un’ azienda di telemarketing, lavorando con dei matti, ex-carcerati, drogati e assassini. Il tempo sulla sua vita comincia a ticchettare perché combatte contro la dipendenza, lotta contro la legge e prova a mantenere l’ unica cosa sana che gli è rimasta nella sua vita, la sua ragazza. Il film include nel suo cast celebri personaggi quali Alexis Arquette, John Lehr, Nina Hartley, il famoso DJ Keoki che è stato ieri parte dei Club Kids, il leggendario party-promoter, creatore dei Club Kids Michael Alig e molti altri. La piattaforma virtuale Indiegogo che sostiene progetti indipendenti ospita “Scumbag” o meglio la raccolta fondi per finanziare la pellicola che prosegue fino al 17 dicembre 2014. Perciò cari FBFers unitevi a me e offrite il vostro modesto contributo per consolidare questo progetto indipendente!

DJ Keoki

DJ Keoki

Michael Alig

Michael Alig

www.scumbag-movie.com

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/scumbag-the-movie

Michael Alig on FBF

Michael Alig on FBF

 

It will happen tomorrow, on 5th May 2014: the  celebrated party promoter Michael Alig – founder of Club kids, New York clubbing personas during the Nineties, a circle of artists as Leigh Bowery, James St. James and Amanda Lepore, of whose story was told by “Party Monster”, the movie by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, featuring Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin and Chloe Sevigny – will be again free, tomorrow will be released on parole after having spent 17 years in jail, due the murderer of Andre “Angel” Melendez. I am pleased to share with you dear FBFers an interview he gave me years ago while he was still in jail, talking about his idea of beauty, glamour and fabulosity.

MICHAEL ALIG STA PER ESSERE NUOVAMENTE LIBERO

Michael Alig

Michael Alig

Accadrà domani, il 5 maggio 2014: il celebre party promoter Michael Alig – fondatore dei Club kids, personaggi della vita dei locali notturni di New York durante gli anni Novanta, una cerchia di artisti quali Leigh Bowery, James St. James e Amanda Lepore, la cui storia è stata raccontata da “Party Monster”, il film di Randy Barbato e Fenton Bailey con Seth Green, Macaulay Culkin e Chloe Sevigny – sarà nuovamente libero, domani sarà rilasciato sulla parola dopo aver passato 17 anni in prigione per l’ omicidio di Andre “Angel” Melendez. Mi rallegra condividere con voi, cari FBFers, un’ intervista che mi ha rilasciato anni fa, quando era ancora in prigione che parla della sua idea di bellezza, glamour e favolosità.