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Phoebe Philo's David Bowie-Inspired Centrefold

The celebrated designer had 70s album covers and David Bowie's Diamond Dogs in mind when she directed AnOther Magazine's fantastical centrefold in 2003

Creative DirectorPhoebe PhiloPhotographyFrancois RotgerStylingJerry Stafford

"For me Bowie had the best covers. I love the morphing between an animal and a person, to create something romantic but also very fantasy, a little bit weird." The spirit of this project is of the moment and roughly hewn. "I didn't want it to be a whole production or to look too much like an art directed number," Philo explains. So she took it apart, cutting up and elongating parts of the body, playing with effects and giving the piece a touch of the hand. "I just wanted to capture that energy you get when you have a spontaneous thought and just run with it . You just get your people and go with it." 

Hair Sam McKnight at Premier using Phyto; Make-up Sam Bryant at Holy Cow using Shiseido; Special Effects Make-up Louise Parker for Screenface; Max the doberman from Animal Promotions; Production 5th and Sunset; Casting Darling Casting; Models Jimmy Pearce at Select and Ksenia at City; Photographic Assistants Emily, Ben McDade and Richard King; Retouching Gareth Jones; Special Thanks to Nicole Goldstein and Blue Farrier

This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2003 edition of AnOther Magazine