Tuesday, May 3

Be a "new" New Romantic for a Day. A guide to live your life by

Its not like I really need to explain that Shoreditch is the new home of art and fashion in London, But a small history lesson will pass a few pleasant minutes and inspire a New Romantic pilgrimage to experience the decadant nightlife, buy authentic New Romantic clothing and absorb the contemporary art of the white cube. Lets all be new New Romantics.

The East End club kids are the new Blitz Kids. Shoreditch is the new Soho.
New Romantic nightspots such as Heaven and KoKo are still around but the electric, artistic and flamboyant mood that they possessed  has transferred to the east end clubs such as Avalon and Dalston superstore.

Or just walk around and see what you find. Shoreditch is full of secrets. There will definitely be some sort of highly illegal high stakes and high drama party somewhere which only the most fabulously dressed can attend. 
So get your glitter on. 

I think we all need to say a small thank you to to Jay Joplin for giving us the White Cube, which came to Hoxton Square in 2000 bringing artists, desgners and  a world of fashion with it. The White Cube only has the best artists so you wont be wasting your time. My favourites have been Tracy Emin, Katharina Fritsch and Gary Hume. Make like a New Romantic artist and obsess over art for an afternoon.

There are about 3 million vintage shops in the area selling many real and fake New Romantic styles, but the obsessors seem to be Blondie  (off  Spitalfilds market )
I think they keep Boy George in a back room and blackmail him for his wardobe pieces. Its the only reasonable explanation. 

Dress Up Like...



Article from The Face, April 1987, narrating the fascinating life of the beautiful Trojan, Artist, Blitz Kid and close friend of Leigh Bowery .
Enviable Life. Except for the part where he OD's

Listen to...

Showstudio is a little treasure. Listen to a rare candid interview of Leigh Bowery from his soho home talking wistfully and nostalgically about the fashion, art, music and life within the New Romantic scene in 1980's london. He is highly amusing... and suprisingly well spoken! He is the best kind of human bean. 

Obsess Over...

             Mr Pustra...
                                                                             Golly, if you could be anything why would you not want to be this

Cabaret artist Mr Pustra is a dark romantic vision of  night-time naughtiness and sinister seduction. The love child of Leigh Bowrey and Sally Bowles has been unleashed upon the world, embodying  the legendary cabarets of Wiemar Berlin and bringing it to the London burlesque and club scenes .  Find Mr Pustra at Torture Gardens, the  dark and renowned fetish night , Burlesque club Volupte and at Circus alongside Jodie Harsh .

 Pustra makes Narcissism an art-form, performing in self adoration and magnetising his audiences with his outfits, a 1930s explosion of German Expressionism.
 Pustra merges New Romanticism with the ominous atmosphere and erotic scenes of pre-war Germany . He is the character I only wish I could be.  

Mr Pustra singing "Missed Me" at Au Camionneur in Strasbourg. Please someone build a time machine so I could be there .

Dance At...

             SHABBA dabba da....
                                                                  "ARTISTS, FAGS, FASHION, GLITTER & YOU"

Every month the New Romantic dregs of London, east end club kids and those to whom glitter is porn head to Avalon for Shabba Dabba Da, a club night without inhibitions and  place where you will forever feel under-dressed . Hosted by the magnetic emperor of  London's   arty club scene, Daniel Lismore,  Shabba is a world where being ostentatious is a requirement and colour is a drug. 
Be prepared for competitive dressing, cross dressing unashamed decadence and a night of shock theatre, for Shabba is a showcase of London's creatives and true fashion leaders. 

 Shabba is what would happen if the Blitz Kids took over studio 54
you 'll definately get your moneys worth. 

Barbies should always have 3 heads