We’ve got Bowie fever! To celebrate our Bowie Night on Thursday 19 June (now sold out), Helen McConnell, Collections Officer – Public History, takes a look at objects in our collections from the 1970s and the era of Ziggy Stardust.
In the early 1970s, David Bowie reinvented himself as Ziggy Stardust. He dyed his hair red and wore androgynous catsuits.
This wonderful catsuit from our costume collection is the mainstream fashion version of Bowie’s extreme dress. The psychedelic print, bright colours and bell bottom trousers are characteristic of youth fashions of the early 1970s.
It was an exciting time and Bristol had its very own trendsetters. This is Sally Creitzman, who was a professional dancer in the 1960s and ’70s.
Sally wore these amazing platform shoes (below) when she went out dancing. She remembered that a friend had a pair of shoes with a live goldfish in the platform!
The shoes are now in our collection and are on display at Blaise Castle House Museum, where you can see fashions from many different eras.
We’re very much looking forward to being dazzled by your outfits on the night – the bolder the better!