“Fashion! Turn to the left, Fashion! Turn to the right”
There‘s a great piece in tomorrow‘s (Saturday) Independent Magazine written by Iain R Webb, who is, as you‘re no doubt aware, an award winning writer and Professor of Fashion at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins.
Iain talks about Bowie’s massive influence on his outlook as a 14-year-old boy living in a West Country village, and, moreover, on the world of fashion design which continues to this day. Here’s the introduction from tomorrow’s eight-page feature:
I remember my first sighting of David Bowie singing “Starman” on Top of the Pops on 6 July 1972, the night before my 14th birthday. What a gift. Bowie was all the things my life in a West Country village was not: extraordinary, exotic and exciting.
From that moment on, I devoted all my waking hours to lovingly documenting his every move in scrapbook after scrapbook (a dozen in all) and spent art class at school painting his portrait, mostly wearing outlandish new outfits designed by yours truly. I even fashioned a clay bust of him in pottery class.
Bowie’s influence on my life has been major, from the fundamental desire to never be labelled or pigeonholed to my profound love of glitter and penchant for a spikey haircut. And I am not alone.
Scroll through the images above using the little grey dots to see a snap of Iain’s scrapbooks and a preview of the magazine spreads. Thanks to Nick D at The Independent for the pointer.