Playing dress up

As we move through the decades, our music idols have become more and more outlandish in their appearance.

Episode 2 of People’s History of Pop, due out this summer, features the increasingly striking fashions of pop stars, from Marc Bolan’s glitter to Black Sabbath’s crosses. The desire to emulate their look has given us some wonderful photos of die-hard fans on PHOP. A particular favourite of ours is this impersonation of Ziggy Stardust by Scotty Somerville. ziggy

This would have been a familiar site at a David Bowie concert circa 1973, where the queues leading into the venue would present a sea of fans all dressed in the most outrageous way they could ready to see their idol, the master of wild imagery.

If you or someone you know ever dressed up as your music idol and took a photo, we’d love to see it! Just go to and follow the instructions to upload your image.