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David Bowie Is…

David Bowie

Musician. Songwriter. Record Producer. Actor. Performer. Homosexual. Bisexual. Heterosexual. Rule-breaker. Fashion Icon. David Robert Jones. Ziggy Stardust. Aladdin Sane. Thin White Duke. David Bowie. The Man. The Legend.

Bowie’s career has continued to grow and evolve for over 4 decades. His fashion style has morphed just as rapidly as his music, alter egos, and sexuality.

In the early 70s during the glam rock era Bowie became his flamboyant alter ego – Ziggy Stardust. Sporting skintight jumpsuits, a dyed red mullet and a face of glitter makeup. In the mid 70’s his music headed towards soul and funk and so the Thin White Duke persona was born. He took on a cabaret-style wardrobe and was impeccably dressed in white shirts, black trousers and waistcoats with sleeked back hair. A more masculine and ‘normal’ look compared to his previous personas but his personality in interviews was more alarming than ever due to the volume of cocaine he was consuming during this time.

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Over the last decade there has been silence from Bowie, which was broken this year by the release of his first studio album in a decade, The Next Day. His website acknowledged this by commenting “After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants … when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say.”

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I don’t believe anybody could deny that he has been one of fashion’s most influential men…ever. His clothes have shaped the world of fashion and continue to inspire collections of some of the biggest fashion houses.

We see Bowie’s black and white striped jacket with shoulder pads from the 70s was imitated in Givenchy’s 2010 Spring line. 30 years on and we still see the eccentric style of Ziggy on the runway, his suit heavily imitated by Jean Paul Gaultier in Spring 11. Even Vogue Russia have been inspired in March of this year when they did a shot staring Alana Zimmer called “A Man From the Star”.

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But the most iconic and imitated look brought to us by Bowie has got to be the lighting Bolt makeup on his Aladdin Sane album cover. It has been the influence of thousands of magazine shoots and is still replicated everywhere you look.

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Whether you are a die-hard fan or not, the David Bowie is… exhibition at the V&A is an absolute must this summer. Every aspect of this man intrigues you to delve deeper into the world of Bowie.

 



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