DAVID BOWIE - PIN UPS, 1973
Original RCA poster, 19"x27"
Photography by Justin de Villeneuve.
Justin de Villeneuve (Twiggy's former boyfriend but still her manager at the time) had been commissioned by English Vogue to shoot Bowie and Twiggy ('Twig the Wonderkid' as she was credited on the sleeve) together for their cover, but Bowie was so taken with the result - and Villeneuve by the vastly greater numbers the album would sell than the magazine - that it became the album's cover instead.
"Vogue didn't talk with me for years after. They were very angry. I knew that I had made the right decision giving David the photograph when months later I was driving through Los Angeles and I saw a 60 foot billboard of the album cover on Sunset Boulevard."
Twiggy was heavily tanned after a Bahamas holiday whilst Bowie was, in de Villeneuve's words, "as white as a ghost". The jarring effect was ingeniously overcome by Pierre LaRoche's make up 'masks': darker for Bowie, lighter for Twiggy.