Reblogged from new-angel-of-promise
"I didn’t think people read it deeply enough, ‘cos they just thought it was the stance of somebody a bit, girly. Well that wasn’t good enough: my irony, my pun, had been that it was kind of a Rossetti deal. I thought, ‘illiterate buggers, [pompous voice] they obviously haven’t got a grasp on English art.’ So I was kind of really miffed that nobody got the Dante take."
Bowie, radio interview, 1993.
"Funnily enough, and you’ll never believe me, it was a parody of Gabriel Rossetti. Slightly askew, obviously. So when they told me that a drag-queen cult was forming behind me, I said, “Fine, don’t try to explain it; nobody is going to bother to try to understand it."
Bowie, to Cameron Crowe, 1976.
[More like Edward Burne-Jones than DG Rossetti, however.]
Top: Edward Burne-Jones, The Rose Bower (part of the Legend of Rose Bower series), 1890.
Middle: Burne-Jones, The Sleeping Beauty, 1871.
Bottom: DB in Mr. Fish dress, 1970.