Happy Birthday to Mr Bowie. On this day, the 69th birthday of Mr David Bowie, let’s celebrate how much of a true inspiration he has been to western fashion and makeup culture.
He is Glam. He is Rock.
He started it all. And then some.
David Bowie is so many things…an icon, an innovator, a cult figure.
I have a personal history with him, so to speak. Growing up a few streets away from where he did, in Bromley slash Sundridge Park in southeast London, it was impossible not to know who David Bowie was or what he meant to the place. He was our brightest star. My friends went to the same school as him (much later of course!), we drank in the same pubs he used to play in, and I even got married in the same registry office where he and Angie tied a knot in 1970. His wedding hair was better than mine.
Bowie started in pop music in the 1960’s and then stepped into his own spotlight in the 1970’s as a pioneer of the Glam Rock movement. He has been Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, The Man who Fell to Earth, The Man who Sold the World but always An Absolute Beginner. He is an absolutely iconic figure of pop culture and a Master of Imagery, in a pre-Madonna world. Pre-Madonna, not prima donna.
He has been a true innovator for forty-odd years, and whether you are aware of it or not, has probably had a direct or indirect influence on how you look at some point. It is fair to say that he has created the biggest cult in pop culture in an amazing career marked by reinvention, innovation and visual presentation.
He has been all these things and continues to shiftshape.
I very recently read about a “new” trend for blue eyeshadow. Beg to differ. Bowie was NEW. He pushed the boundaries for men and women and developed visual styles all his own, leading the way for the ones that followed. He took androgyny to new levels and changed our views about the possibilities.
Not to mention what great ideas you can get from him if you consult the Bowie Style Catalogue. It could keep you busy for years. Speaking of busy, I am off to the shops. The birthday genius has a new album out today.