Space Oddity: David Bowie
Where can I start? This gorgeous man doesn’t need any introduction. The white duke, the English gentleman, the guy with a different color on each eye, Ziggy Stardust…A true talent, a visionary a great singer, composer and trend setter. Mr. Bowie is, no doubt, one of my style icons. Is there anything this stunning man can’t rock? Long hair, short hair, died hair, trench coats, leather jackets, hats or sequined oversized jumpsuits. He always looks perfect and elegant, no matter what.
Let’s go back to 1972 and sit at the pub “Toby Jug” in Tolworth. A guy called Ziggy Stardust is wearing strange make-up, spotting red dyed long hair, rocking platforms and the weirdest jumpsuit…What does he pretend? Well. I’ll explain. With this performance a new genre was born: Glam Rock!
One of my history teachers told me once that whoever have suffered the most radical fashion changes in history are actually men. Let’s go back to the XVIII century, anyone?. White wigs, fake freckles, white powder and blush, high heels, embroidery, bows…These were the trends men were spotting back then. Nowadays what do they have left? Flat shoes, suits and dark colors ( They don’t dare with color if they don’t want to be labeled as “freaks” of course). Well Bowie brought men back to 1770 on 1972 with Glam Rock. Androgyny and amusement, freedom for everyone. No matter your sex, sex orientation or economy class, Bowie set a freeway for every fashionista free spirit. I just wish we could all be more free. What can boys not were nail polish, high heels, skirts, color…? Why?. I’d like for people to be free through clothing as, I said that a thousand times already, it is an expression of who we are. If we hold our creativity through fashion, we’ll therefore be holding our own feelings and personality. Not good!
I recommend you to go and watch “Velvet Goldmine” or listen to any Bowie record and think about the late 70’s and early 80’s freedom of those youngsters. I really believe that most of the time our society should go back in time and not just through vintage clothing.