“I realized the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.” –David Bowie–
One night, my mom shared an interesting story with me about David Bowie. Most everyone knows he’s a famous singer, right? Well, back then … the 70’s. Like most musicians, he struggled to find his niche and style. In his mid-twenties, he endeavored to start out as a solo performer and it was a real battle. Things weren’t going as fast or in the direction he had hoped until his life made a turnaround when he met a young American stylist, model and musician, Angela Barnett. She gave Bowie ideas about the costumes and music that had an immediate impact on his career. At first, he was apprehensive. But when he met the punk rock star, Iggy Pop, and watched him perform on stage, it inspired him to move forward. Bowie and Iggy Pop joined together to produce songs and perform and the rest is history. Even the Rolling Stones called Bowie, after a performance, and told him that it was an outstanding show! (LOL, for those of you who don’t know this … I have a chihuahua … I named him “Iggy Pop”!)
Bowie continued to write and produce songs, and along the way, continued to impact and influence fashion. He made some bold and radical changes. One such bold move came when he was introduced to a Japanese designer, Kansai Yamamoto. Kansai designed Bowie’s memorable striped bodysuit for the “Aladdin Sane” tour in the late 70’s. Kansai acquainted Bowie with his hometown, Tokyo, and presented him with his avant-garde designs, that included his new-fashioned Japanese kimono. They had great memories working together and built a lasting friendship. Kansai continues to design today and is truly one of the leaders of contemporary fashion.
David Bowie — sensitive, bold, innovative and dynamic!