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