Why David Bowie Is And Always Will Be A Fashion Icon

As we mourn the loss of David Bowie, we can’t help but reminisce about the British rock star’s legacy as a fashion icon.  

Bowie’s sartorial prowess stemmed from his fearless artistic spirit and effortless ability to change with the times without losing his edge. He blurred gender lines with ultra-glam, over-the-top androgynous looks in his “Ziggy Stardust” days and later adopted a sharp, buttoned-up persona that was anything but stuffy. The ’80s were filled with vibrant colored suits, printed overcoats, and flashy accessories. And let’s not forget his ever-changing hair. One word: magical. Even with the release of his most recent album “Blackstar,” just four days ago, the legend was still serving style supremacy

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Bowie was married to two of the most stylish women to walk the planet — first to American model Angie Bowie, and then to legendary supermodel Iman for the last 23 years. But while we’re sure these ladies had a significant influence on Bowie’s attire, it was ultimately the “Space Oddity” singer’s inspiring personal style that solidified his spot as a fashion icon.

Bowie allowed his music to organically guide his style. You can’t listen to his songs without also imagining him decked out in a sparkly, technicolored, one-legged jumpsuit or shiny tailored suit with the tie draped unknotted around his neck. And the effortless way he wore these awe-inspiring getups was void of the type of self-consciousness and contrivance we often see today. Rather, Bowie’s flare for fashion felt wholeheartedly authentic — so much so that his costumes for the 1986 movie “The Labyrinth” looked as if they came straight from his closet. 

In remembrance of Bowie’s enduring, badass style that was often imitated but never duplicated, we’ve pulled together a collection of images that prove he is and will always be a fashion icon. 

 
  • 1966
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    David Bowie performs on the TV show “Ready, Steady, Go” on March 4, 1966 in London, England.
  • 1972
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    David Bowie poses for a portrait in his “Ziggy Stardust” guise in June 1972 in London, England.
  • 1972
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    David Bowie being interviewed at home in Beckenham, London on April 24, 1972.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie performs onstage during his “Ziggy Stardust” era in 1973 in Los Angeles, California.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie and Paul McCartney, London 1973.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1973.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie poses for a portrait dressed as “Ziggy Stardust” in a hotel room in 1973 in New York City.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie at the Empire cinema, Leicester Square, London, for the premiere of “Hitler: The Last Ten Days,” 7th May 1973.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie during his last show as Ziggy Stardust filmed mostly at The Marquee Club in London, England from October 18-20, 1973.
  • 1973
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    David Bowie visits comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London, following the pair’s show “Behind The Fridge.”
  • 1974
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    David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974.
  • 1974
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    David Bowie performs on the Dutch TV show “TopPop” on 7th February 1974 in Hilversum, Netherlands.
  • 1978
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    David Bowie in concert at the Los Angles Forum, April 4, 1978 in Inglewood, California.
  • 1985
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    David Bowie performs onstage in 1985.
  • 1987
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    David Bowie during David Bowie at The China Club on August 1, 1987 at The China Club in New York City.
  • 1991
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    David Bowie during Tin Machine in Concert at the Pier in New York City.
  • 1991
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    David Bowie And Tin Machine Performing At The Brixton Academy, London, Britain.
  • 1994
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    David Bowie in Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
  • 1997
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    David Bowie, and wife Iman in London to launch his new Publication, and Publishing company, on May 20th, 1997 in London.
  • 1999
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    David Bowie introduces Lauryn Hill during the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards held in New York City on September 9th, 1999.
  • 2000
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    David Bowie poses backstage at the Glastonbury festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2000 in Somerset, England.
  • 2002
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    David Bowie performs live on January 3rd, 2002 at Hammersmith Apollo, London.
  • 2002
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    David Bowie backstage at the MTV Rock & Comedy Concert at Battery Park in New York City on May10th, 2002.
  • 2002
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    David Bowie onstage performing at the 2002 VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, October 15th, 2002.
  • 2002
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    David Bowie performs at the Meltdown Festival in London, London.
  • 2002
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    Iman & David Bowie during “Gangs of New York” world premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
  • 2003
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    David Bowie performs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 2005
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    David Bowie at Conde Nast’s 2005 Fashion Rocks Show.
  • 2010
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    Iman and David Bowie attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City.
  • 2012
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    David Bowie is seen on February 27, 2012 in New York City.

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