David Bowie's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
From over-the-top glam rock attire to stripped down menswear, Bowie and his numerous personas influenced the fashion world immeasurably.
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.
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.
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.
In 1973, Bowie donned a "space-samurai" costume by designer Kansai Yamamoto for a live recording at The Marquee Club in London.
Yamamoto would design several iconic costumes for Bowie, including this striped bodysuit:
It's hard to forget the Bowie jumpsuit, covering only one arm and leg:
And then there was Ziggy's "Angel Of Death" costume, which was made of mostly feathers and leather.
In his last performance as Ziggy in 1973, Bowie was photographed in a jumpsuit wearing no shoes:
Following Ziggy, Bowie brought personas like Aladdin Sane, Halloween Jack, and the Thin White Duke into the world. Each character had its own unique and daring style.
Halloween Jack rocked a red jumpsuit, scarf, and eye-patch topped off with fiery red hair. In his own lyrics, Bowie described the character as a "cool cat."
The Thin White Duke, a persona coinciding with the Station to Station album, donned a slicked-back and slimmed-down look.
For his 1978 world tour, Bowie wore a white sailor outfit designed by Natasha Kornilof.
Bowie's stage dress wasn't always over the top; he wore plenty of classic menswear looks with utter class.
He wasn't one to shy away from a bold and bright suit either.
Off-stage, donning a long trench coat or tux, Bowie channeled "Old Hollywood" effortlessly.
By wearing what he wanted, how he wanted, Bowie led many self-professed "weirdos" to embrace their own styles and identities. His legacy will continue to inspire, no doubt, for many years to come.
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