David Bowie: the seven age of an icon.

Bowie has changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history.
From south-east London to outer space, he’s rock’s greatest self-reinventor.


Mod teenager, hippy with dishevelled curls, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke, a dapper gentlemen and a stylish freak.

Bowie has changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history.

His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, changing the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. For Bowie clothes were a way of projecting self-expression, a powerful tool in communicating individuality at its most extreme, glittering and creative.

Sexually ambiguous, but desirable to both men and women, his Ziggy Stardust persona – in all its flame-haired, colourful sparkling glory – is still one of the most enduring and iconic images of popular culture.

Bowie pushed boundaries to the highest degree – sporting eye patches, shaving his eyebrows, covering his face with vibrant make-up.

There wasn’t much he didn’t try, from one-legged catsuits, voluminous tie-dye suits to embroidered dress coats.

During his 45 or so years of recording, David Bowie has been as much of a fashion innovator as he’s been a musical vanguard, breaking barriers, pushing buttons and taking chances. All while seemingly being indifferent about what people think, as long as they do think and care when he throws something new at them.


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video: David Bowie is: blowing your minds

exhibition: Victoria&Albert Museum David Bowie 2013

NewYorker –  Postscript: David Bowie, 1947-2016 by Hilton Als

Bof – Tim Blanks remembers David Bowie – Jan 11, 2016

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