Worn Out: David Bowie's Perv Pants from Labyrinth
Happening now, EMP's Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
exhibit has some great costume artifacts from 1986's Labyrinth
, a heavily puppeted fantasy film starring an adolescent Jennifer Connelly as Sarah and David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, who takes a certain fierce pleasure
in menacing her. A couple of the masks extras wore in the ballroom scene are on display, though during the movie you probably overlooked them to watch Jareth instead. He was especially dolled up for the ball, with glimmering coral lipstick and glitter spilling down his jacket's shoulders. In other on-screen moments, Jareth passed the time singing and prancing, tossing a baby high, or simply just looking on wanly. "One feels that he has rather reluctantly inherited the position of being Goblin King
, as though he'd really like to be, I don't know, down in SoHo or something," David Bowie says of his character in the documentary Inside the Labyrinth
, though it's obvious he's actually talking about himself.
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