David Bowie – A Fashion Icon

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

David Bowie throughout the years                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo credit:http://www.thefashionlaw.com

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.

david bowie fashion style

David Bowie performing                                                                                                                                                                             Photo credit:http://dailyreadlist.com

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.”

David Bowie stardust

Stardust                                       credit:http://www.mirror.co.uk

Kate Moss British vogue May 2003 Credit:http://fashionista.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Jean Paul Gaultier 2013

Jean Paul Gaultier – Ready-to-wear 2013                                                                                                                                               Photo Credit:http://www.mtv.com

 

Balmain Fall 2011 RDT

Balmain Fall Ready- To-Wear 2011                                                                                                                                                            Photo Credit:http://www.mtv.com

 

Walter van Bierendonck

Walter Van Bierendonck Ready-To-Wear Men’s collection 2013                                                                                Photo credit:http://wwd.com/fashion-news

 

Dior spring 2015 Haute Couture

Dior Spring 2015 Haute Couture                                                                                                                                          Photo credit:http://wwd.com/fashion-news

 

Written by Emilie Heyl