Legendary 80s nightspot Taboo will return soon, albiet in exhibition form.
PYMCA are hosting their latest event at London’s Vibe Bar, and will feature the first ever Paul Hartnett showcase. The renowned photographer captured London’s clubland during the 80s and 90s, and the exhibition will feature exclusive images from Leigh Bowery’s Taboo club.
The Vibe Bar will be tranformed into a Taboo space, with many of the original collaborators involved. A reaction against the austerity of the post-Aids club scene, Taboo was designed to move far beyond even the exesses of New Romanticism. Leading figure Leigh Bowery was an Australian fashion designer who took the use of make up to extreme levels, but has had a huge affect on popular culture. The art director on Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy” video, and the designer of U2 stage sets, Bowery was a genuine renaissance man for the post-punk era. Sadly, he will not be present, due to his AIDs related death in 1994.
Street couture pieces by designer Fee aka Miss Jones will be turned into sculptures for the event. The night will also feature Drag Queen DJs, visuals by Lady Pat and a host of giveaways.
The exhibition takes place at The Vibe Bar, London and runs from February 14th until April.