High Camp

High Camp

Designer and performance artist Leigh Bowery ran the notoriously camp nightclub Taboo, so called because 'there is nothing you can't do there'. He developed his extreme personal style by manipulating and adorning his own body, and using the club as a theatre for his exhibitionism.

The high camp club scene inspired and provoked clubbers, performers and designers to push their fashion, and their behavior, to the extreme. John Galliano recalled, 'I was a club demon... in the mid-eighties, there was only one place to be. Taboo was the best'.

Trojan and Mark at Taboo
Derek Ridgers
Colour photograph
1986
© Derek Ridgers