David Bowie’s influence on me has been huge. My lifelong obsession with makeup began when I was seven years old after watching him play Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth. Ever since then I was obsessed with special effects and makeup. When I was a bit older I got in to his music and this opened up a whole new world for me. It’s no surprise that I’ve made a career out of music, makeup and fashion, and I owe a huge part of this to him.
To celebrate his life and his unquestionable influence on makeup, fashion, art and, of course, music, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite shoots. About two years ago myself and my good friend, and photographer, Solen Collet, decided to shoot a fashion tribute to Bowie. It’s called ‘The Girl Who Fell to Earth’ and it features the gorgeous and other worldly Emily Fulton. We also roped in our favourite hairdresser and fellow Bowie fan, Robbie Purves at ArtHaus Hair to put his own modern twist on Bowie's iconic hairstyles. The makeup look was predominantly inspired by Life On Mars, and was originally going to be shot on top of some huge red shale bings, which look like the surface of Mars (they were also similar to the hill he runs down in The Man Who Fell to Earth). Unfortunately the unpredictable Scottish weather got in the way and we had to move indoors, so it has a slightly more industrial feel to it, which still works really well.
So, pop on your favourite Bowie album and enjoy these photos.