The creation of the Ziggy Stardust look…. (part 1)

15 Apr

One of the most significant appearances of the Glamrock period is Ziggy Stardust, the stage persona David Bowie created for the Ziggy Stardust tour, promoting the albums Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust. David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) didn’t create Ziggy all by himself ,he had help from different people like Pierre Laroche, Suzi Fussey, Kansai Yamamoto and Angela Barnett/Bowie… 

The Ziggy Stardust make up  (by Pierre Laroche)

Pierre Laroche was born in Algiers ,moved to France and then to England. He became a make-up artist for Elisabeth Arden, but quit after 5 years because the company insisted he became more conservative. He then became a freelancer and make-up artist for the rock stars and celebrities of those days. He went on tour with Mick Jagger/Rolling Stones and became responsable for some of David Bowie’s most famous looks.

The astral sphere make-up on Bowie’s forehead was designed by Laroche for the Ziggy Stardust persona. Ziggy’s make up on stage also had a lot of Kabuki influences. Another very wellknown make-up design of Laroche is the lightning bolt motif on Bowie’s face for the ALADDIN SANE (1973) album cover photo. Bowie and Laroche also worked together on the Pin-Ups album cover, which also features Twiggy and on some video’s.

The Ziggy Stardust haircut   (by Suzi Fussey) 

There are two different stories about what inspired the haircut…..

1. Hairdresser Suzi Fussey from the Evelyn Paget salon on Beckenham High Street who gave Bowie his trademark Ziggy haircut – the famous bright red mane. The haircut was a combination of different hair styles selected from Vogue magazines. Fussey became Bowie and the group’s full-time hairdresser and wardrobe assistant on the Ziggy Stardust Tours. She then became Mick Ronson’s personal assistant and later married him.

2. David Bowie says: “The Ziggy hair came lock, stock and curler, from the cover of a magazine and was sported by a model doing a shoot for Kansai Yamamoto’s first London show. I couldn’t afford the clothes but I could get the hair. Suzi Fussey (later to marry Mick Ronson, gitarist) did a straight forward copy. The cut and colour were both Kansai’s – Schwartzkopf red was the colour. “I had her cut my hair short in early January 1972. No dye. Layed flatish. I believe that it went red and stood up between the 20th and 25th of January 1972, therefore that’s when the Kansai show must have been given maximum press.”

“When you’ve had red hair and no eyebrows you’ve got to have a sense of humour!” – Bowie (1993)

12 Responses to “The creation of the Ziggy Stardust look…. (part 1)”

  1. Soul Safari 16 April 2012 at 15:11 #

    what a great story! Love the background info on the Bowie hair & make-up. Never heard of Pierre Laroche, so his name deserves to be remembered. Thanks. Continue to inspire…

  2. Gerry 20 July 2014 at 15:50 #

    Hi there,

    I worked at the Elizabeth Arden Salon in New Bond Street, London W1, at the same time as Pierre Laroche, in 1972 and remember him well.
    I was a junior working in the makeup department at the time, aged just 16.
    He left there in 1973
    It is amazing what he went on to do

    • Lex Quinn 17 April 2016 at 03:05 #

      Hey there. Your comment popped up while doing some research on Pierre, not sure if you still use this but I’d love it if you had any information about his age or any details at all. Must’ve been very cool to work with him.

      • A.G.Nauta couture 17 April 2016 at 09:35 #

        Hello Lex,

        I forwarded your comment to Gerry, hope he will contact you,

        with regards,
        Netty Nauta

    • A.G.Nauta couture 17 April 2016 at 09:33 #

      Hello Gerry,
      I got an email on your reply to my post about Ziggy Stardust/Pierre LaRoche,

      with regards,
      Netty Nauta

      Lex Quinn In reply to Gerry.

      Hey there.
      Your comment popped up while doing some research on Pierre, not sure if you still use this but I’d love it if you had any information about his age or any details at all. Must’ve been very cool to work with him.
      Lex Quinn

    • Amalia 14 August 2016 at 14:35 #

      Hi! Do you know from which small makeup store in Rome, he liked to purchase products? There is an interview he talks about this, but I can’t find it. Thank you for your time.

      • A.G.Nauta couture 14 August 2016 at 15:36 #

        sorry, can’t help you with the name of this shop…. I am not sure it still exists.
        with regards,

  3. Bowie fan 16 June 2015 at 07:47 #

    When Bowie had a circle on is for head he was Aladdin Sane and not Ziggy Stardust.

    • psychoticmantis 3 January 2016 at 21:48 #

      Uh, no. He really wasn’t.

      That picture at the top there? That’s from a Ziggy concert. That’s a Ziggy costume.

    • Mick Rock 18 February 2016 at 23:30 #


    • Mick Rock 18 February 2016 at 23:32 #



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