A few weeks ago, the world mourned the death of a legend. David Bowie died at the age of 69 after battling against cancer for 18 months. Sure, the “Let’s Dance” singer was a legendary rock star and had everybody dance to his music, but he was also an established fashion icon who influenced many artists. As fashion lovers we decided it was our turn to pay tribute to this ‘chameleon’ of styles.
David Bowie was always opting for creativity and self-expression when releasing new albums. What made this superstar stand out from the rest, was his love of life and living life to the fullest. Apart from being at the origins of what became the glam rock, Bowie also revolutionised the androgynous look. Indeed, he was always opting for gender-blurring styles, like wearing platform shoes, bodysuits, and makeup. Stylist and TV personality June Ambrose says that David Bowie was an important voice, especially now when you think of the transgender community. He represented individual expression using fashion as an art.
Designers, stylists and editors respect David Bowie and his influence on fashion. Decades after he released “Aladdin Sane”, in 1973, the red lightning bold painting across his face on his album cover became his iconic symbol. This was an ideal image of pop culture and has been replicated many times. Vogue has used it, in the May 2003 issue, with the famous model and close friend of David Bowie, Kate Moss. Fashion designers are still inspired by the Bowie style and will continue to do so. Jean-Paul Gautier expressed his admiration for the singer in the US online newspaper:
“Personally he inspired me by his creativity, his extravagance, his sense of fashion that he was constantly reinventing, by his allure, his elegance and his androgyny.”
To honour this fashion icon, we would like to take you through a few of his prominent looks and show you how these looks inspired fashion designers. Hope you enjoy it and that it will get your “Ziggy Stardust” mood out.
Written by Emilie Heyl