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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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A beauty, a muse of artists as David LaChapelle, a concept walking, also impressed in a scent, created in collaboration with Comme des Garçons, that and much more depicts Daphne Guinness who debutes as singer. “Optimist in black”(Agent Anonyme/Absolute) is her first album which will be released on 27th May 2016, including the track “Fatal flaw”,  presented by the music video made by the bright Nick Knight. The iconic British-Irish heiress was encouraged to make music and write lyrics by David Bowie and Tony Visconti who produced this album, embodying the pain for the death of her brother, two of her dearest friends (Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow) and love, dressed up by catchy electro-rock suggestions, sounds from Sixties.

“OPTIMIST IN BLACK” L’ALBUM DI DEBUTTO DELL’ ICONICA DAPHNE GUINNESS

Daphne Guinness, still image from music video of "Fatal Flaw" by Nick Knight

Daphne Guinness, still image from music video of “Fatal Flaw” by Nick Knight

Una bellezza, una musa di artisti quali David LaChapelle, un concetto che cammina, impress anche in un profumo, creato in collaborazione con Comme des Garçons, questo e molto altro raffigura Daphne Guinness che debutta nelle vesti di cantante. “Optimist in black”(Agent Anonyme/Absolute) è il suo primo album che verrà pubblicato il 27 maggio 2016, il quale include il brano “Fatal flaw”, presentato dal video realizzato dal brillante Nick Knight. L’ iconica ereditiera anglo-irlandese è stata incoraggiata a fare musica e comporre brani da David Bowie e Tony Visconti che ha prodotto questo album, il quale racchiude in sé il dolore per la morte del fratello, di due dei suoi amici più cari (Alexander McQueen ed Isabella Blow) e l’ amore, condito da accattivanti suggestioni elettro rock e sonorità anni Sessanta.

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

The British singer Bill Ryder-Jones features in an awesome, intimist tale on film made by Showstudio of the renowned fashion photographer Nick Knight, which launches the Fall/Winter 2015 collection by the brand Adidas Spezial. Lightness, supreme beauty and intensity of landscapes wonderfully blends with the words of artist and depicts the casual-chic elegance, an attitude, a lifestyle.

BILL RYDER-JONES VISTO DALLO SHOWSTUDIO DI NICK KNIGHT PER ADIDAS SPEZIAL

still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

Il cantante inglese Bill Ryder-Jones è protagonista di un fantastico racconto intimista su pellicola, realizzato da Showstudio del rinomato fotografo di moda Nick Knight, che presenta la collezione autunno/inverno 2015 del brand Adidas Spezial. La leggerezza, suprema bellezza e l’ intensità dei paesaggi si fonde meravigliosamente con le parole dell’ artista e dipinge l’ eleganza casual-chic, un’ attitudine, uno stile di vita.

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

 

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

Bill Ryder-Jones, still image from the fashion film by Showstudio

 

 

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It will be held from 19th October 2012 to 3rd February 2013 in Vienna at the Kunsthalle Xtravaganza, staging Leigh Bowery”, exhibition, curated by Angela Stief, paying homage to Leigh Bowery, unforgettable persona, celebrated fashion designer and performer artist who featured in the Eighties new-romantic scene as Blitz Kid in London and later in early Nineties as Club Kid in the New York club scene created by the iconic party promoter Michael Alig. The exhibition will include works by Leigh Bowery and Anthony & the Johnsons, Peter Ashworth, Charles Atlas, Nicola Bateman, Bruce Bernard, Boy George, Michael Clark, Cerith Wyn Evans, Avram Finkelstein, Lucian Freud, Padhi Frieberger, Rudi Gernreich, Alex Gerry, Fergus Greer, Richard Habberley, Dick Jewell, Martin Margiela/Marina Faust, John Maybury, Minty, Nick Knight, Jean-Claude Lagrèze, Catherine Opie/Ron Athey, Werner Pawlok, Mr. Pearl, Raw Sewage, Johnny Rozsa, Sue Tilley, Trojan, Donald Urquhart, Baillie Walsh, John Waters/Divine, Fred Whisker, David Wojnarowicz and U.V.A. celebrating the work of a creative who thought about himself as a canvas and acted under the sign of eccentricity, “doing the opposite” – as he asserted – “of what people expected”, an ethic under the sign of humor and subversion of clichés of conformism. A not to be missed happening to enjoy and re-discover a legend, his work and find again his signs in contemporary times.

“XTRAVAGANZA, STAGING LEIGH BOWERY” AL MUSEO KUNSTHALLE DI VIENNA

Leigh Bowery, photo by Nick Knight(1992)

Si terrà dal 19 ottobre 2012 al 3febbraio 2013 a Vienna presso il Kunsthalle Xtravaganza, staging Leigh Bowery”, mostra, curata da Angela Stief che rende omaggio a Leigh Bowery, indimenticabile personaggio, celebre designer and performer, protagonista negli anni Ottanta della scena new-romantic nelle vesti di Blitz Kid a Londra e successivamente nei primi anni Novanta quale Club Kid nella scena dei locali di New York creata dall’ iconico party-promoter Michael Alig. La mostra includerà opere di Leigh Bowery and Anthony & the Johnsons, Peter Ashworth, Charles Atlas, Nicola Bateman, Bruce Bernard, Boy George, Michael Clark, Cerith Wyn Evans, Avram Finkelstein, Lucian Freud, Padhi Frieberger, Rudi Gernreich, Alex Gerry, Fergus Greer, Richard Habberley, Dick Jewell, Martin Margiela/Marina Faust, John Maybury, Minty, Nick Knight, Jean-Claude Lagrèze, Catherine Opie/Ron Athey, Werner Pawlok, Mr. Pearl, Raw Sewage, Johnny Rozsa, Sue Tilley, Trojan, Donald Urquhart, Baillie Walsh, John Waters/Divine, Fred Whisker, David Wojnarowicz ed U.V.A. che celebrano il lavoro di un creativo che pensava a sé stesso come a una tela ed agiva all’ insegna dell’ eccentricità, “facendo l’ opposto” – come egli affermava – “di ciò che la gente si aspettava”, un’ etica all’ insegna dell’ umorismo e sovversione dei clichés del conformismo. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare e riscoprire una leggenda, la sua opera e ritrovarne i segni nella contemporaneità.

www.kunsthallewien.at

Gareth Pugh

It has premiered during the latest edition of Pitti – event which has held in Florence from 11th to 14th January 2011 – the latest short film of bright British designer Gareth Pugh made  by Ruth Hogben -from Nick Knight’s ShowStudio, a successful collaboration continuing -, inspired to the Florentine iconography, featuring the avant-garde creations that made him worldwide celebrated.

UN OMAGGIO ALLICONOGRAFIA FIORENTINA, LULTIMO CORTOMETRAGGIO DI  GARETH PUGH A CURA DI RUTH HOBGEN

È stato presentato per la prima volta in occasione dell’ultima edizione di Pitti – evento che si é tenuto dall’ 11 al 14 gennaio 2011 – l’ultimo cortometraggio del brillante designer inglese Gareth Pugh, realizzato da Ruth Hogben – dello ShowStudio di Nick Knight, una felice collaborazione che continua -, ispirato all’iconografia fiorentina di cui sono protagoniste le avveniristiche creazioni che lo hanno reso celebre in tutto il mondo.

www.pittimmagine.com

www.garethpugh.com

Yohji Yamamoto, photo by Ronald Stoops

The London Victoria & Albert Museum will present a retrospective exhibition about the visionary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto – the poet of black -, curated by Ligaya Salazar which will be held from 12th March to 10th July 2011. Here in the suggestive location of Gallery 38 it will be explored the 30 years the legendary designer spent in fashion world and it will be featured the womenswear and for the first time also the menswear clothing collections along with excerpts from fashion shows, performances and films, some of them made by Nick Knight and Peter Saville. A not to be missed happening to enjoy an essential chapter of fashion history and the revolutions made by a bright creative.

UNA RETROSPETTIVA CHE CELEBRA YOHJI YAMAMOTO AL V&A MUSEUM DI LONDRA

Yohji Yamamoto, photo by Koichi Inakoshi

Il Victoria & Albert Museum di Londra presenterà una retrospettiva sul visionario designer giapponese Yohji Yamamoto – il poeta del nero -, curata da Ligaya Salazar che si terrà  dal 12 marzo al 10 luglio 2011. Ivi nella suggestiva location della Gallery 38 saranno esplorati i 30 anni che il designer ha trascorso nel mondo della moda e saranno protagoniste le collezioni di abbigliamento donna e per la prima volta anche le collezioni uomo unitamente a frammenti di sfilate, performance e pellicole, alcune delle quali realizzate da Nick Knight e Peter Saville. Un evento imperdibile per apprezzare un imprescindibile capitolo della storia della moda e le rivoluzioni fatte da un geniale creativo.

Yohji Yamamoto, excerpt from a shooting by Nick Knight

www.yohjiyamamoto.co.jp

www.vam.ac.uk

  

Bijules

 

Bijules, the suggestive jewelry collection created by the visionary New York designer Jules Kim, is under the sign of an unusual aesthetics evoking the chaos of world, dressed up with humor, tragedy, love and hate and features magnificent, innovative jewels as the nail rings made of gold and precious gems as amethysts and diamond loved by celebrities as Beyonce owning a complete series as well as the golden nipple tassels – that recently appeared in the latest fashion film made by Nick Knight’s SHOWstudioThe Fashion Body: the Waist” -, directed by photographer Kristian Schuller and filmmaker Marie Schuller – and many other precious wonders.

 

LE PREZIOSE MERAVIGLIE DI BIJULES

Bijules

 

 

Bijules, la suggestiva collezione di gioielli creata dalla visionaria designer newyorkese Jules Kim è all’insegna di una insolita estetica che evoca il caos del mondo, condita da umorismo, tragedia, amore e odio e include magnifici, innovativi gioielli quali gli anelli per unghie in oro e pietre preziose quali ametiste e diamanti, amati da celebrità quali Beyonce che ne possiede una serie completa come anche i copri-capezzoli d’oro – che recentemente sono apparsi nell’ultimo fashion film realizzato dallo SHOWstudio di Nick KnightThe Fashion Body: the Waist” -, diretto dal fotografo Kristian Schuller e dalla regista Marie Schuller – e molte altre preziose meraviglie.

A still from “The Fashion Body: the Waist” by Kristian and Marie Schuller featuring the gold nipple tassels by Bijules

http://showstudio.com/project/fashionbody/video/waist 

Bijules

 

Bijules

www.bijulesnyc.com