British illustrator Helen Green created this gif to showcase Bowie's style reinventions through the years
This morning, the world woke up to the shocking news that the legendary artist, David Bowie, died from cancer yesterday. He hadn't made his illness public. To most of us, his music meant something in some way, probably punctuating memories from throughout our childhood, teen and adult years. For others, Bowie's fearless innovation inspired their own huge careers as cultural influencers. It didn't matter what you were into, his music spanned the genres, and if you came across a Bowie song on the radio you likely stopped to listen. One of those hits was the iconic Ashes to Ashes, and Bowie wanted a video with imagery to match. One night in 1982, he walked into the London club Blitz and watched the crowd before personally selecting four uber-stylish clubbers to appear in it with him. My friend Judith Frankland was one of these lucky people, and she originally wrote about her experience here. Today I asked her to speak again about what it was like to meet and work with David Bowie, who by all accounts was as warm and likeable a man as he was talented, which makes his difficult and premature passing that much harder to bear. Here's what Judith told me:
"David Bowie was so lovely, and I'm not saying that because he is gone. He made us feel totally at ease, no 'big star' attitude. He was hands on, telling us our lines and how he wanted us to move and our expressions to look. When we were walking in front of that huge digger we were ankle deep in mud and we had to keep doing re-takes, but he was so patient. He and the director were very happy with how things were looking, so we got asked back for a second day, this time in the studio where we shot the part where he was sitting in a dentist's chair. When we had finished, Bowie invited us to stay and watch the rest of the filming. What a treat, when I think back. As for his music, it's timeless. It truly is. Such an innovator; they don't make them like that anymore. I'm so privileged to have been asked by him that night at the Blitz to be in the video. It's an amazing memory. As one news reader said at lunchtime, it's one of those moments when you will always remember where you were when you heard the news that he had gone. Very true. His music will live forever."
David Bowie's iconic Ashes to Ashes video. Judith Frankland is on the far right in the first group shot with the late Steve Strange, in the pillbox hat.