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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.

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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.

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Bowie evolved from persona-to-persona over the years, once discussing his chameleon-like personality, saying, “I find that I am a person who can take on the guises of different people that I meet. I always found that I collect. I am a collector, and I always seem to collect personalities, ideas.”


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.

3. In 1973, Bowie donned a "space-samurai" costume by designer Kansai Yamamoto for a live recording at The Marquee Club in London.

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Yamamoto described Bowie as "sensitive, bold, and dynamic." He was impressed by the way the singer was able to connect fully with his audience during performances.


8. 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.

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The Aladdin Sane album bore the — now forever recognizable — image of Bowie with a red lightning-bolt across his face.


10. The Thin White Duke, a persona coinciding with the Station to Station album, donned a slicked-back and slimmed-down look.

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No wild hair or makeup, a stark black-and-white cabaret number instead.


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.