Gary Numan circa 1980
Science fiction, a desire to appear cold and unemotional, and a robotic stage presence shaped Numan in his early career. Interestingly, the look that most people associate with Numan, from the early 80's "Republicas" era, was purely accidental. Just before an appearance on Top of the Pops in the UK, a make up artist put a layer of white make up on Numan's face to cover his "spots," otherwise known as acne. His eyes looked like "pissholes in the snow," so they were lined in black. And viola! The Numanoid look was created.
Over the years he's had an all white with blue hair look, an all black and skinny tie look that screams 1980's, a suit and fedora look, an industrial look that is all about the 90's, possibly inspired by his admiration for Nine Inch Nails, an all leather look, a military inspired look, a goth look and a hip rocker in a black tee and jeans look. I'm always interested to see what he's going to come up with next.
Enjoy taking a walk down electronic music history in the Numan photos below. I've also included some photos of Numan's vixen of a wife, Gemma. She supplies some female specific costume inspiration., not to mention great concepts in hair color.