Bowie: Fashion Icon

Its been 5 years this week since David Bowie passed away. We wanted to take a look back through some of his most infamous outfits. Regarded as one of the most influencial musicians of the 21st century, David Bowie was also a trailblazer in the fashion world and a style icon with his outlandish and daring outfits.

His evolving style, from the alien-red hair of Ziggy Stardust, to the suited blind man of 2002 album Heathen, is just as much of a definitive statement as his music, creating a loose template for what would be expected of future celebrities.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Below are a few different designers that have taken inspiration from David Bowies’ style for their fashion collections.

Dries Van Noten SS16. Jean paul gaultier 2013: spiky ginger Ziggy in a bold one-legged wonder. Jonathan Saunders AW14.

Givenchy Spring 2010; Riccardo Tisci’s graphic black and white jackets recall the famous one crafted for Bowie by pal Freddie Burretti.

Balmain Fall 2011; The spangles, glitter and attitude of Christophe Decarnin’s runway all screamed rock, but it was the lightning bolt jumpsuit that was pure Ziggy Stardust.

Dior Couture Spring 2015; Seventies swirls via one of the Starman’s fans, Raf Simons.

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2013: Other designers can be inspired, but Diane von Furstenberg actually partied with the man himself in the 70s (of course when Mick Jagger brought him by her apartment). So when she taps into a Seventies glam rock vibe, it’s first-hand experience.

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