Ziggy Stardust

Alternate Photos from David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ Cover Shoot

Ziggy Stardust may have been the character that made David Bowie a rock ‘n’ roll legend, but he hadn’t fully embodied his alter ego — with his skintight, androgynous costumes, red mullet, and elaborate makeup — by the time photographer Brian Ward shot the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in January 1972. Instead, the super-saturated art for that album shows Bowie in a transitional stage between his long-haired hippie days and the glam alien he would soon become, sporting a shiny, flamboyant suit and a spiky, golden coiffure.In the 40 years since Ziggy Stardust‘s release, its cover has become so iconic that London’s Heddon Street, where Ward captured Bowie alone when his band refused to venture outside for a photo shoot in the cold, now bears a plaque in its honor. Since we can’t get enough of Bowie, and are particularly fascinated by this period of his career, we were thrilled to see that Retronaut has uncovered a trove of alternate shots from that session. Click through to see a few of our favorites. … Read More

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A Collection of Pop-Culture Tributes to Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie’s androgynous early-’70s alien character, Ziggy Stardust, is not only one rock’s most memorable characters; he’s also one of its most distinctive fashion icons, sporting skintight jumpsuits, pounds of glitter makeup, and a bright-red hairdo that gives mullets a good name. Although he’s nearing his 40th birthday, Ziggy’s iconic style continues to influence musicians, fashion designers, artists, and fans, as pop-culture homages to the bisexual space invader abound. Models have been the subjects of Ziggy Stardust-themed fashion shoots, actors have portrayed (and parodied) the role onscreen, and celebrities of all kinds have taken it upon themselves to revive the lightning-bolt look for fun and profit. See some of the best and funniest Ziggy Stardust tributes after the jump. … Read More

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Pop Culture Icons as My Little Pony Dolls

For the past few years Finnish artist Mari Kasurinen has been turning My Little Pony dolls into some of pop culture’s most recognizable icons — from Ziggy Stardust to Frida Kahlo. “I was looking for a way to express myself concerning today’s materialism and individualism,” she explains. “I was very interested in the whole customization phenomenon; how you can get anything done just for you.” Click through to check out some of our favorite ponies in her incredible collection, and let us know in the comments which characters you’d like to see her tackle next! … Read More

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