Mary Martin London Fashion Show – David Bowie tribute

A blog post by Elena Tun

We were beyond excited when we were invited to Mary Martin’s fashion show in tribute to David Bowie. We were also curious to see how she would pull it off; few pop and fashion icons are adored and revered as much as Bowie, so it is a difficult inspiration to live up to.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Image: David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust

Mary Martin (second from left) with her models at Mason House, London . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: Mary Martin (second from left) with her models at Mason House, London . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Mary chose the underground London night club, Mason House, which already gave her show a “fringe” air about it. Arriving a couple of hours before the show, we went backstage to see some behind-the-scenes hair and make-up, dressing, and body paint.

Mary Martin (right) . Courtesy of Rebecca Tun

Image: Mary Martin (right) . Courtesy of Rebecca Tun

Mary Martin (left), Elena Tun (centre left) . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Image: Mary Martin (left), Elena Tun (centre left) . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Mary had with her an impressive team of hair and make-up artists, including the legendary body paint artist, Victoria Gugenheim. As expected, Mary’s designs were quirky, retro, daring and freakish, ranging from PVCs, chains and corsets to ruffles, feathers and prints; and even one “outfit” made purely from body paint, impressively carried off by award winning taekwondo master Carol Hudson.

Model in fabulous flamingo frills . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: model in fabulous flamingo frills . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Carol Hudson (centre) and Victoria Gugenheim (right) . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: Carol Hudson (centre) and Victoria Gugenheim (right) . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

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Image: Carol Hudson (left), Victoria Gugenheim (right) . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Hair was meticulously crimped, elaborately styled and hair-sprayed to the max to produce a bigger than bouffant, wacky look. Make-up was bold and decorative, with glitter, intricate, speckled designs and lighting patterns bursting forth from every surface.

Backstage dressing room at Mason House, London . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: backstage dressing room at Mason House, London . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Model inspired by Ziggy Stardust . Courtesy of Rebecca Tun

Image: model inspired by Ziggy Stardust . Courtesy of Rebecca Tun

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Image: model Antoinette with red spray on make-up and Bowie-inspired haircut . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Mary’s collection was prolific, put together in a mere six weeks! And, like herself, her designs were larger than life. They were resoundingly David Bowie-esque, the majority of them Ziggy Stardust inspired, but somehow also combined retro with something new and modern. Her fingerprint was on every piece, her charm and personality shining out of every design, with not one design was the same as the next. Similarly, her models – not one was like the next, each one with her/his own unique style and individuality. The models did not only model; they performed, with the panache and character that would befit a Bowie inspired show. It was impossible to not be taken in. We believe he would have approved…

Model Antoinette in transparent raincoat . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Image: model Antoinette in transparent raincoat . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Model Angelina with a space-age themed look . Courtesy of Jonny Tanna

Image: model Angelina with a space-age themed look . Courtesy of Jonny Tanna

Model Nicole in sequins and ruffles . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Image: model Nicole in sequins and ruffles . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Model in bold print body suit . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

Image: model in bold print body suit . Courtesy of Jocelyn Rigby

…Mary’s audience was as enthusiastic as the models, participating actively during the show…and it was not just our models who looked fabulous. Our guests clearly took the ”dress to impress” instruction seriously. Below are some photos of some of our glamorous audience members…

Some of our glamorous audience members . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: some of our glamorous audience members . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Model (left) and glamorous audience member. Courtesy of Deborah Tun

Image: model (left) and glamorous audience member. Courtesy of Deborah Tun

…When interviewing (interview below) the models after the show, we were told that, to Mary, “her models are like her family”. But these girls don’t just wear Mary’s designs at work; these lucky girls told us how Mary is always there to come to the rescue if they need something to wear for a special occasion. Model Rachel informs us that Mary is currently designing her wedding dress. We look forward to seeing more of Mary’s work and will be following her work with great interest.

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Image: Mary Martin (centre) with her models . Courtesy of Deborah Tun

My camera crew: (from left to right) Jonny Tanna, Jocelyn Rigby, Deborah Tun, Elena Tun, Tam de la Cruz, Rebecca Tun . Courtesy of Ralf Ehrhardt

Image: My camera crew: (from left to right) Jonny Tanna, Jocelyn Rigby, Deborah Tun, Elena Tun, Tam de la Cruz, Rebecca Tun . Courtesy of Ralf Ehrhardt

Video: Elena Tun left interviewing Mary Martin’s models
Courtesy of Rebecca Tun

behind the scenes interview with catwalk models at Mary Martin’s David Bowie tribute fashion show – Mason House, London from Rebecca Tun on Vimeo.

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