Monday, 22 July 2013

David Bowie IS at the Victoria and Albert

Published by at 07:08

One of my favourite movies is The Labrynth. My sister and I must have watched it at least a hundred times growing up and I have revisited it many times as an adult, falling in love with it more and more with each viewing. Jareth, played by David Bowie, is my favourite character, next to Ludo of course. Who doesn't love Ludo. I had such a big crush on Jareth. I mean seriously the tight black pirate like outfit, the makeup, the hair what was not to swoon over? That was my first introduction to David Bowie.  Then one my best friends named her dog Bowie in honor of the creative legend peaking my interest again (I remember thinking "I really need to learn more about this Bowie guy"), and most recently the hilarious duo Flight of the Chonchords',  Bowie's in Space.  I knew I liked David Bowie but until I visited the David Bowie IS exhibit at the V&A I didn't know I LOVED David Bowie. Dudes!!! How can one man have so much artistry in him? The music, the movie's, and the mime?  I knew he had a habit of wearing makeup, the iconic lightning bolt, but didn't know how often and how amazing his cosmetics adventures were. Jareth is still my favourite but here are some of my fav makeup looks from David Bowie's career.......

The iconic lightning bolt from the Aladdin Sane album cover. Duh!!!! 
Photographed by Brian Duffy
Makeup By: Pierre La Roche 

Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King


I love all the shading and contouring in this look. 
Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
His character the clown Pierrot
Make-up Artist: Richard Sharah 
Photographer: Brian Duffy 

The cover for the PinUps album with Twiggy. Apparently the mask idea came from Twiggy's tan. The different tones in their skin didn't compliment one another so Pierre made Twiggy's face pale and David's tan. Read more about the shoot here....
Make-up Artist: Pierre La Roche
Photographer: Justin de Villeneuve

Here's a few photos of Bowie that I just love and a few from the exhibition....
Photo Credit: Terry O'Neill
Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth

Jacket designed by Alexander McQueen and David Bowie.
Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3

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