David Bowie: The Fashion Influencer

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13 January 2016

David Bowie, one of the most beloved British pop stars whose career has spanned over 40 years left us earlier this week saddening the nation. Before Bowie, no one had heard of glam rock and his fashions throughout his fame have inspired thousands to create the weird and wonderful. Here we go back to some of the best outfits our incredible hero rocked!

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Here’s Bowie rocking the Mod look in 1966 With a thin black tie and a wide collar white shirt, he looks effortlessly chic.

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The thin white duke was one of Bowie’s alter ego’s in 1976, here, with slicked back hair and a simple shirt and neck scarf he shows off the beautiful artistry of his eye make up.

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Here Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars perform their first live gig. At first the rest of the band was completely against wearing these outfits on stage. Bowie came up with the whole concept with help from his friend and designer Freddie Burretti who made a lot of Bowie’s stage costumes. The idea behind the spiders from mars’ outfits here were taken from the droogs from A clockwork orange to make them look like a gang (but a very glamourous gang). After this show seen by millions, Bowie and the spiders from mars began to develop global fame for their weird and wonderful style.

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Here is David Bowie and Freddie Burretti (left). Burretti was a good friend to Bowie and helped him create a lot of outfits that David would go on to wear on stage when performing as Ziggy Stardust. I love this striped wide lapel blazer bowie is wearing here.

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Here is a series of photos by friend and photographer Terry O’Neil. Terry always let Bowie create his own looks for the camera whether he liked them or not. He loved to photograph Bowie because of his androgynous and striking look.

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Another photograph by Terry O’Neil. Bowie is sporting a stunning hat and a pair of platform heels. As Terry started to shoot the dog was sat quietly beside Bowie, suddenly it got over excited and reared six feet into the air barking madly. This terrified the life out of everyone in the studio, except Bowie who didn’t even flinch. Terry captured this moment beautifully.

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Here is another stunning outfit from the Ziggy Stardust era. This image is from a photoshoot Bowie did in Japan in the mid 70’s. This beautifully embroidered ivory silk jacket is paired with matching trousers and some killer black and red platforms!

Another Ziggy gem! The eyepatch he is famous for was actually a mistake after having a bout of conjunctivitis he just decided to keep it on to create this pirate-Ziggy look. I love the matching red braced high-waisted trousers with the red guitar!

 

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Another Ziggy gem! The eyepatch he is famous for was actually a mistake after having a bout of conjunctivitis he just decided to keep it on to create this pirate-Ziggy look. I love the matching red braced high-waisted trousers with the red guitar!

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This ‘Life on mars’ suit was designed by Freddie Burretti in the early 70’s and was featured in the music video for ‘life on mars’. The colour of this suit is so 70’s a sort of ice-blue-turquoise-metallic. Beautiful.

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Here Bowie is getting dressed by the incredible Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Yamamoto designed this colourful stretch jumpsuit as well as many other of Ziggy Stardust’s most eccentric stage costumes. Bowie was introduced to Japanese art and culture in the 1960’s by his mime teacher Lindsey Kemp. Since then Bowie took a lot of influences from it.

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In 2013 the V&A museum in London created an exhibition around Bowie’s Costumes, Fashion, Photography, Film and set designs which was a huge success and showed off the amazing extravaganza that was the era of the height of his career. Here is a snapshot showing one of his costumes with surrounding mirrors and a film of him wearing it.

David Bowie was an iconic and revolutionary figure in British history. Whilst his music revolutionised pop music forever, His style, fashions and vision were what made him a star and influential in all areas at the time of the birth of Ziggy stardust. He will be remembered as a beautiful, stunning and incredible human.

Check out the open mic night dedicated to David Bowie this Sunday at the Eagle & Ball – https://www.facebook.com/events/194363037583528/

Written by: Olivia Riley www.facebook.com/OliviaJaneDesigns

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