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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Extraordinary personal stories from around the world. Today Matthew speaks to Lord Raj Loomba, the successful international businessman from India who honours his mother by campaigning to help widows all over the world.

It's 40 years since David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.

Ruth Evans meets the Japanese stylist who helped Bowie create and refresh his image. Yacco Takahashi is an iconic figure in her own right. In Tokyo in the 1970s she became famous as Japan's first professional stylist.

Yacco is now in her 70s and has extraordinary memories of working with major international stars.

(Image above: Yacco Takahashi with David Bowie at the the time of his Ziggy Stardust persona. Credit: Sukita Masayoshi)

  • Yacco with Marc Bolan

    Yacco with Marc Bolan

    Yacco with Marc Bolan. Credit: Sukita Masayoshi

  • Yacco today

    Yacco today

    Yacco today. Credit: Ruth Evans



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