An Ode To Bowie: The Man, The Artist, The Legend
David Bowie, undoubtedly one of the most influential musicians of his era, passed away at the age of 69 late Sunday evening, succumbing to a difficult 18 month battle with cancer. Bowie has been who’s eternal hits include Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, Rebel Rebel, Heroes and Modern Love to name a few, has been a musical and fashion icon for decades. Through the ages, not only did he reinvent and refresh his music, but also reinvented his sartorial sense continually. His personal style inspired an entire genre of fashion – the glam rock aesthetic.
Scandalous, salacious, crazy, eccentric, controversial are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Bowie and it is this vibrant persona that inspired other greats like Madonna, Brandon Flowers of Killer fame, U2 frontman Bono (who modelled his vocal style on Bowie’s), Jay Z, Nine Inch Nails, the Arctic Monkeys, Lady Gaga and this doesn’t even begin to scratch the list of those who have cited him as an influence. An artist who combined visuals and theatrics in his performances, this was heavily reflected in his style statements as well.
In the fashion world, what he was most noted for was his androgynous style statement which has recently become a raging trend on global runways again. An epitome of the ‘other’, Bowie’s sense of fashion was avant-garde and unique to say the least right from the various colors his hair took on to different stage personas he took on – Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke, Major Tom etc. From platform boots to leotards to the most outrageous get-ups, Bowie cut a bold figure and always, always made a statement.
The 70’s was the ideal era for Bowie who didn’t shy away from expressing his feminine side. High heels, make-up, blouses and bedazzled outfits were just a few of the tricks he used to pull of his persona. One of his most notable looks was traditionally masculine outfits he would don in pastel colors.
Some of Bowie’s other notable trends were golden make-up, the plunging neckline, the highly recognizable bolt symbol, wide lapel jackets with high shoulders, multi-colored hair and of course embracing androgyny.
It’s imperative at this point to mention that Bowie has served as a muse to many a fashion brand and fashionista. While the list is endless, we have recounted some of the significant moments below
- Keanen Duffty’s diffusion line for Target in 2007
- Lady Gaga’s costumes on her Japan Tour
- A fashion film for Louis Vuitton
- Givenchy’s Sprin 2010 Ready-To-Wear collection
- Balmain’s Fall 2011 Ready-To-Wear line
- Dries Van Noten’s Fall 2011 Menswear line
- Emilio Pucci’s 2012 Resort line
- Alexander McQueen’s 2013 Resort line
- Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear line
- Robert Geller Fall 2014 Menswear line
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