During the 1980s-90s Bowery transformed his career from the relatively ignored, while successful, collections (including appearances in the New York and London fashion weeks) to an exceptionally well-
known figure among fashion nightclubs.Using his awkward upbringing and bold appearance as inspiration, Bowery designed flamboyant clothing as armor for his insecurities. Often showcasing his work through his clubbing appearances, he captivated the art and design world through his
After contracting HIV through unsafe sexual activities, Bowery kept his
doom a secret. This was due to the fear that his fate would overshadow his achievements been and those to come. Bowery later died from AIDS related diseases in 31 December 1994.