The anarchic 80s art group who paired nudity with body paint
Looking back, the early 80s was a culturally kaleidoscopic time. Punk rock had split into a dogmatically rigid scene, and on the other arty post-punk. Disco was mutating into house music in Chicago. Techno was rising from Detroit’s post-industrial ashes. And other elements of the electronic bell rung by Kraftwerk, David Bowie, and Brian Eno were evolving into New Wave and, within it, the New Romantics scene.
Out of this cultural ferment emerged something rather 60s in spirit but with punk’s undeniable energy – the Neo Naturists, a band of body-painting performance artists who also seemed a bit like a throwback to the hippie counterculture. Their anarchic spirit stood in opposition to the posturings of the Blitz Kids, a scene of young musicians and fashion designers, which included the likes of Spandau Ballet, John Galliano, and many others. via Dazed
features, fashion, history, photosRyan MengeNeo Naturists, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Blitz Kids, Spandau Ballet, John Galliano