LADIES & GENTLEMEN – HERE’S GRACE!

Written by  on February 22, 2013 

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The fabulous and incomparable Ms. Grace Jones has been a major style icon without peers for over three decades in the world of fashion and music.Jamaican-born, she made her name first as a supermodel in New York frequenting the legendary Studio 54, quickly followed by an extended period walking the Paris catwalks, where her overtly stylised, androgynous appearance and equally flamboyant behaviour/manner was more appreciated/understood.Grace  signed to Island records in 1977 and they subsequently issued her debut album ‘Portfolio’  that same year.In Europe (as in America) her music was embraced by an adoring, (mainly gay) audience right from the beginning, indeed  it was they who helped transform her into ‘The Queen Of Gay Disco’ (pun not intended).Her cult status and reputation for outrageous, cutting-edge style however, truly took off in what is now referred to as her ‘Compass Point Studios’ period.During this era, Grace created a new, signature music style adpated to her own needs from the emerging ‘New Wave’ genre hitting the clubs and charts.She was aided in this endeavour by producers Chris Blackwell & Alex Sadkind who recorded her at their now-legendary Compass-Point Studios in Nassau, the Bahamas, along with  the  ‘Compass Point All-Stars’ studio musicians .The music created  in these sessions would provide the soundtrack for a whole new generation of nightclub-goers (myself included). At the same time, French photographer/artist Jean Paul Goude transformed Grace’s image to startling  affect  via an overtly-stylised, androgynous, headline-grabbing look, which featured an ‘anvil-like’ haircut, huge shoulder pads and Armani-designed men’s tailored suits.This fusion of revolutionary new sound and production combined with a radical overhaul of her appearance provided Grace with an exciting new identity which electrifyed  audiences around the globe;  she became a major force in music almost overnight during this era,  which would see her  release  the ground-breaking albums  ‘Warm Leatherette’ and ‘Nightclubbing’.She went on to become an actress in mainstream movies with  her role as ‘Zula’ – a powerful warrior/bandit – in ‘Conan The Destroyer’ (1984) followed by her turn as the psychotic villainess ‘May Day’ in the James Bond vehicle ‘A View To A Kill’ in 1985.Grace Jones is still a major force in style and music to this day, having influenced many other artists, including Rihanna and Lady Gaga.She has a son from her relationship with Jean-Paul-Goude named Paulo, who in turn blessed her with a granddaughter, Athena.Enjoy this hand-picked selection of Grace at her visual, shocking, stylish and fashionable BEST!

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 House Of Retro/Gary Alston makes no claim to the ownership of the images appearing on this page.

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