Often described as the ‘godfather of brutal chic’, the sensationalists have come out of the floorboards with the cry of plagiarism upon American designer Rick Owens, a ‘taboo’ no artist catwalks into willingly.

As Owens prepared to celebrate his most recent Paris Fashion Week showing of the S/S16 season, much ado about everything seemed to flair up on social media, with American choreographers and performance troupe ‘FlucT’ feeling “slung and hung to dry”, something no dance could ever describe, so instead they turned to Instagram.



Screenshots of @fluct_monica Instagram account.

But if anyone could or should claim victim in any of this, it would be far more credibly for this man to object or rick-roll in his grave as both ‘FlucT’ and Owens pay tribute to his legacy started over 30 years ago.



Australian performance artist Leigh Bowery has been credited to inspire many in previous years, from before his premature death in 1994 with his ongoing creative relationship with Boy George, to the later day appropriation of his ideas by modern artists such as Lady GaGa. Much has been built upon his mark of the London club and art scene, culminating from ‘Taboo’, and iconic club night he founded that “served as a meeting point for all types of people inspired by freedom of expression and absolute disregard for the traditional. The club staged its last hurrah in 1986, after asserting itself as the pinnacle of London nightlife.


In reaction to this, the non-controversy shy designer adjusted his ‘godfather of brutality’ crown with this:

“…They might be overestimating my awareness or maybe overestimating their visibility. I think we both knocked off Leigh Bowery” Rick Owens