How’s it going blogging buddies? I hope you’re all doing well! For today’s post I’m going to be answering a question that a lot of you seem to ask quite frequently and it’s why I named my blog LaDameWhoFellToEarth. The short answer is that it’s a reference to David Bowie and when he starred in the film The Man Who Fell To Earth, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
I guess I have a thing for old movies and for weird movies? But anyway today I wanted to talk about this legendary rock icon and why he means so much to me in my life. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to share this outfit with you! So without further ado, let’s begin with the post.
I think that it’s safe to say that a lot of us wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the people in the world that inspire us to keep going no matter what. The same goes for David Bowie who was an iconic figure to all weirdos, queers, bisexuals, transgenders and even just the people who just felt misplaced in society in one way or another. Bowie’s whole aesthetic, particularly in the age of Ziggy Stardust was all about standing out. He blurred the binary line between male and female when he performed on stage wearing glamorous dresses, his face was clad in colourful makeup that made him look like a space-age queen and he sang about rock, rebellion and intergalactic travel. These were the kinds of things that the world had never experienced before his time. He was so marvellous, so spectacularly strange, he represented all odd balls of all shapes and colours and gave so many people hope through the way he stood out like a shining star.
The fact that Bowie was able to become such an icon from being so different really ignited something in me. What’s so interesting about the title of his movie, The Man Who Fell To Earth is that it translates in french as l’Homme Qui Venait d’Ailleurs, which literally means the man who came from elsewhere. As an Irish girl living in France, this is often how I feel. It’s so easy to be misunderstood here, to be taken for somebody that I’m not and to be tarred with the same brush as all other English speakers and to be labelled as a culture I’m not even apart of. My identity as an Irish person is often overlooked or nobody understands how it’s different to England or America. That stuff doesn’t bother me too much anymore. It’s just another thing that makes me feel like a foreigner where I live, like La Dame Qui Venait d’Ailleurs.
I remember my first ever encounter with Bowie when I watched the movie Labyrinth as a kid. Who else remembers this movie? It was so haunting, so strange and so enchanting. A few years later and I’m now a young teenager, my dad is cleaning out his record collection and we stumble upon all of his old Bowie vinyls. The first thing that fascinated me about them was the album art on the cover. I had never seen anything like it before. Then when my dad put the record on, it was the Diamond Dogs album. It was the first time I had heard the crackle of the record as it spun around and in that moment it was like a whole new world had opened up to me. I became obsessed with glam rock and the fashion that surrounded it. For years of my life I refused to wear anything if it wasn’t outlandish, I’d leave the house only after donning my leather mini skirts and smokey eye makeup and even my wardrobe started to fill up with sparkly pieces of all shapes and forms.
David Bowie gave me something to aspire to be and his art was always there to inspire me in my lowest moments. I honestly think it’s because of his influence on me that I always like to have something edgy about my look, be it a pair of acid wash jeans, a band tee or even a fedora reminiscent of his Young Americans days where he completely abandoned his rock n’ roll image to sing out blue eyed soul under his newfound image which he baptised The Thin White Duke. Bowie was such a multi-talent, a musical chameleon and a fashion icon whose music and art has forever been such a big part of my life that it only makes sense that I name my blog after him. Honestly I could talk all day about why I love him so much.
I really hope that this post made the title of my blog clearer for any of you who were wondering. If you like David Bowie then I’d love to chat in the comments below!
Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon in my next post.