Nathalie Khan speaks about Leigh Bowery and Nicola Bateman

Love in stitches. Nicola Bowery Bateman is the widow of Leigh Bowery, the Australian born fashion designer and London nightlife promoter and performer. Although much is known about Bowery, his costumes and entourage have been immortalized in numerous books and exhibitions; little has been said about his relationship with Nicola, his creative partner and collaborator. Today’s talk on LOVE will focus on the importance of creative partnership and trust. We will look closely at garments and costumes, which were crafted, by Nicola for Leigh to ask the following questions: How can LOVE shape culture? How is LOVE materialized through creative practice? How is the shared experience of queer culture performed through costume and dress?

The talk will be held in English.

About the speaker

Nathalie Khan is a cultural historian with an academic background in performance and film theory. She teaches fashion history and theory at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. She teaches on the Executive MBA at London College of Fashion and a guest lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, the University of Bologna and The Conde Nast School of Fashion and Design. Khan is a leading theorist and writer on contemporary fashion media and the impact of new technology on the traditional catwalk show and fashion photography. She is a regular contributor to the fashion media platform SHOWstudio. Recent curatorial practice includes a project titled I know simply that the sky will last longer than I, with the Belgian visual artist Pierre Debusschere during the 28th International Festival of Fashion and Photography (Hyeres, 2013). Before pursuing a career in academia she worked as a brand consultant for Kurt Geiger and as a sales and distribution manager for global brands such as Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Pollini and Prada.

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