Remembering David Bowie

We commemorate the legend with his most iconic looks over the decades

The Man Who Sold The World
12 Jan 2016

The Man Who Sold The World

Bowie’s third studio album, The Man Who Sold the World, marked the musician’s foray into heavier rock, and the birth of his signature androgynous look. The first UK cover for the album featured Bowie reclining on a couch, in a long boho maxi dress, created by British fashion designer Michael Fish.

Ziggy Stardust
12 Jan 2016

Ziggy Stardust

David Bowie had many alter-egos, but none as prominent as the flamboyant Ziggy Stardust. Described by Bowie as “half sci-fi rock and half outta the Japanese theatre”, Ziggy Stardust was a persona he put on for his 1972 and 1973 albums, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane. Ziggy Stardust, with his striking red hair, makeup and bold, gender-bending outfits, cemented Bowie’s legacy as an icon.

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Collaborations with Kansai Yamamoto
12 Jan 2016

Collaborations with Kansai Yamamoto

For the promotional tours for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Aladdin Sane, Bowie employed the help of Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto to design his stage outfits. The designer’s creations for Bowie, like this black jumpsuit (that’s actually meant for women) were avant-garde and unexpected. Even Yamamoto was surprised that Bowie could pull off women’s clothing, saying in an interview with Vice, “I remember thinking ‘whoa’ when I saw him wearing clothes I had designed for women.”

Aladdin Sane
12 Jan 2016

Aladdin Sane

Progressing from Ziggy Stardust, Bowie’s cover for his album Aladdin Sane, featuring the musician with a lightning bolt painted down the middle of his face, is probably the most memorable image of David Bowie ever, inspiring Halloween costumes for years to come. 

The Man Who Fell to Earth
12 Jan 2016

The Man Who Fell to Earth

In the sci-fi film The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien that fall to the earth and begins a search for water to bring back to his home planet. His character in the movie is said to be a reflection of his psyche at the time, where Bowie felt like a stranger in America.

The Thin White Duke
12 Jan 2016

The Thin White Duke

Following the retirement of Ziggy Stardust, Bowie adopted a more dapper, sleek look for what would be his Thin White Duke persona. This period not only marked a change in aesthetics and musical genre (he incorporated more soul and funk into his songs), but also a deep drug addiction, where Bowie said he lived on “red peppers, cocaine, and milk”. He would then spend several years in Berlin rehabilitating from drug-use.

Major Tom
12 Jan 2016

Major Tom

First referenced in Bowie’s second album Space Oddity, Major Tom has been described as an astronaut and junkie, and was brought to life in the music video for Ashes to Ashes, from the album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

Labyrinth
12 Jan 2016

Labyrinth

Another unforgettable silver screen role played by Bowie was Jareth, The Goblin King in the adventure-fantasy film Labyrinth. It was a commercial flop, but David Bowie’s performance turned it into a cult classic.

British musician David Bowie passed away on 10 January 2016 at the age of 69, after an 18-month long battle with cancer. Since his debut in 1962, Bowie has reaped it all - he’s received multiple Platinum and Gold awards, been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was named the Most Influential of All Time by music magazine New Musical Express.

While he’ll always be remembered for his genre-breaking, eclectic style of music, however, one of the most lasting impressions of the star is also of his incredibly progressive sense of style. We remember the legend by looking back at his craziest, most unforgettable looks throughout the years. R.I.P., Bowie.

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