How to make a Ziggy Stardust costume

David Bowie created the persona of Ziggy Stardust back in 1972. He was looking for something that would grab public attention in the glam rock era. It needed to be flamboyantly outrageous enough to compete with the likes of Marc Bolan, The Sweet and Roy Wood's Wizzard.

Ziggy Stardust was a humanoid alien, charged with the task of bringing hope to mankind as the world comes to an end. Several Ziggy costumes were designed by Kansai Yamamoto, among others. They take the form of all-in-one jumpsuits, bomber jackets, leotards and tights, all finished off with platform boots and make-up. The Ziggy Stardust look is androgynous so works for either men or women, and is so distinctive that it will be instantly recognised at any party.

Search out suitable garments at charity shops, car boot sales or even your parents' wardrobe. Look for leopard skin prints, glittery fabrics, silver or gold lame, satin, sequins, sheer nylon, feather boas and metallic Lycra.

Try on various combinations until you have the look you want. Ziggy even wore knitted jumpsuits and pink paisley, so experiment with everything. Remember that David Bowie wore his Ziggy outfits tight.

Colour your hair red – Ziggy's hair changed shade during his incarnation, from orange right through to a dark magenta. Described by music critic, Barney Hoskyns, as, β€œThe Ziggy Stardust cut is the only cool mullet that there's ever been.” It was a feather cut with fairly long sides and back, but shorter on top. Study Ziggy Stardust images so you can recreate the style. David Bowie also had Ziggy's eyebrows removed – you could pluck or lighten yours without shaving them off completely.

Practice the make-up. Foundation should be pale but eyes and lips as bright as possible. Apply pink powder eye shadow, carefully around the eye area and extend up to the hair. Use face paint to emulate Ziggy's famous lightning bolt make-up if you want to recreate the iconic Aladin Sane album cover. Lip gloss and heavy black mascara will complete the look.

Things You'll Need

  • Leotard
  • Jumpsuit
  • Bomber jacket in satin
  • Tights or leggings in bright colours
  • Shiny platform boots
  • Red hair colouring
  • Make-up
  • Face paints
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Beverley Gee began her freelance writing career in 1982. She earned a National Diploma in information technology and business studies at Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff, U.K. She has written for several U.K. publications including the "South Wales Echo" and her local newspaper, "The Diary." She is also a qualified reflexologist.