While blurring the lines between masculine and feminine, acceptable and over-the-top, Bowie's style — just like his music — will continue to inspire long after his death.
Here are some of the star's most memorable fashion moments.
1. From his third studio album cover, where he donned a long gown and curled locks, Bowie made it clear he wasn't going to bow to pre-existing norms or expectations.
2. As Ziggy Stardust, his space-based alter ego, he donned a full face of makeup, glitter, and a larger-than-life swagger.
"He was half out of sci-fi rock and half out of the Japanese theater. The clothes were, at that time, simply outrageous" Bowie said of his Stardust persona.