This week the world has been rocked by the death of David Bowie. My facebook feed is full of friends who are genuinely bereft at his passing, and although most of them never met him, it is clear that he has touched the hearts of millions and for many it is like losing a dear friend. He has been described over and again as 'one of a kind' and he leaves a powerful legacy behind. Whether or not you are a fan of his music you can't help but admire the passion for self-expression that he brought to everything he did. Looking through images of him on the internet the variety of costumes, genres and styles is staggering. Here is someone who wasn't afraid to stand out. Someone who championed 'the freak' and in expressing his own quirkyness gave the whole world permission to do the same. And so, in the wake of his death I am moved to write this piece to say to you; celebrate your inner weirdo. Give yourself permission to explore your creativity, your individuality, your inner artist. Throw of the yoke of societal pressures to conform and just be you, be free!
And on that note, here are some of the quirkier costumes that I have created over the past year: