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Ashes to Ashes

The music video for Ashes to Ashes was one of the most iconic of the 1980s, and (at the time) one of the most expensive videos ever made, costing £250,000.

Bowie said that with Ashes to Ashes he was "wrapping up the seventies really for myself, and that seemed a good enough epitaph for it". When interviewed by NME shortly after the single's release he went on to say, "It really is an ode to childhood, if you like, a popular nursery rhyme. It's about space men becoming junkies (laughs)."

For this album, Bowie donned a tragic clown persona, based on Pierrot. To recreate this character, the makeup and styling were equally important, and the model did a fantastic job of adopting the right personality. The stark black-and-white look works very well, and the use of a cigarette as a prop gave the model something to work with as well as being in keeping with Bowie and the 70s.

If you don't know the reference, see here - Ashes to Ashes Video

This is the fourth of five David Bowie personas

Make up Artist - Elloise India Willett Model - Laura O'Rourke