Helen Green’s reinventions of David Bowie – in pictures

A lifelong fan of David Bowie, illustrator Helen Green has captured the star’s many reinventions with 29 mini-portraits. The images, which span 50 years from 1964, were put together for Bowie’s 68th birthday this month. “I’ve grown up with Bowie’s music, and many of his albums are my all-time favourites,” says Green. “The way he has collected ideas and characters has always fascinated me.” Her favourite Bowie moment is his Ziggy Stardust performance on Top of the Pops. “He was dressed in a Freddie Burretti quilted jumpsuit with spiky red hair, and he looked otherworldly. When I saw the outfit at the V&A in 2013 I was mesmerised.” See more of her work at helengreenillustration.com

1964: “This is from the year Davie Jones and the King Bees released Liza Jane – brilliant song!”
1971: “This is Bowie’s long-haired look from the back cover of Hunky Dory.”
1972: “Here he is wearing a jumpsuit from the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…. It was also worn on the Old Grey Whistle Test performances.”
1973: “Here Bowie is in the iconic Aladdin Sane makeup by Pierre La Roche.
1975: “This is Bowie at that year’s Grammy awards.”
1977: “This is taken from the ‘Heroes’ photoshoot.”

You can find out how Bowie ‘aged’ by clicking onto the Guardian Website to read the rest of this story by Kathryn Bromwich

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