Yesterday the world lost a sparkle. We were truly devastated at the news that the one and only David Bowie lost his battle with cancer at the age of 69.
Bowie was undoubtedly one of the most important pop cultural icon of the last century (and this one for that matter; his last track alone is a moody humdinger, perhaps a goodbye letter of sorts). Not only was Bowie a pioneer in music and a complete original, he was also an influential style chameleon who redefined sexuality with his unbelievable outfits and no-fucks-given attitude. Thank you, Starman. Thank you for the tunes, thank you for the fashion, and thank you for allowing every boy and girl and whatever in between and beyond to feel that they’re worthy no matter how strange the world may think they are.
As a tribute, we have collated some of our favorite Bowie looks. No one else could (and probably no one ever will) flaunt it like him!
This iconic suit from Bowie’s music video “Life on Mars” was designed by Freddie Burretti. The shock of Bowie’s red hair in contrast to the pallid ‘ice blue’ of the suit makes for an interstellar dream. Note the heeled platform shoes—Bowie defied gender norms one outfit at a time.
This incredible striped bodysuit by Kansai Yamamoto is a sensory delight. Bowie literally looks like a record in an outfit that is the definition of fashion as art.
Bowie’s alter-ego Ziggy Stardust unveiled himself in this quilted two-piece on Top of the Pops. I mean, how else do you make your debut? In a black suit? Absurdity.
The Tin Man meets Spaceman in this Pierrot-inspired costume. Only Bowie could draw from so many different inspirations and make it all seem so harmonious.
Bowie has so much going on in this outfit, we don’t know where to begin! The geometric-striped jacket is already an optical illusion of sorts. Pair it with some indigo sequinned pants and a pair of black-and-white brogues, and you’ve got yourself one visual feast.
Bowie pioneered the androgynous look, which is no more evident than in this striped leotard with matching arm and leg warmers and a green fur scarf.
Bowie often experimented with different forms of masculinity and here his look is the epitome of virile. Rockin’ a Brando-esque leather jacket, gold chain, and chunky belt, Bowie embodies the American tough guy of old Hollywood films. Swwwwoooooon.
This Alexander McQueen Union Jack suit is a spectacular tribute to Bowie’s home country. As rock n’ roll as it is regal, the suit symbolizes Bowie’s triumphant reign over pop music in England, and indeed the world.
Effortlessly chic in an outfit that heralds the sharp dress of the classic 1940s gentleman, Bowie once again surprises us with his myriad inspirations. It is Bowie’s subtle touches to the outfit that make him a style genius. Here he balances the masculine look of the outfit with fine, shapely eyebrows and manicured nails.
Lastly, this space-inspired outfit is an absolute joy. Shapely, cosmic shoulder blades, bold parallel stripes, and platform patent boots that match Bowie’s red hair encapsulate everything that personified the Starman.
RIP David Bowie.
1947 – 2016
Main image courtesy of dz783r9fjk8fl.cloudfront.net.