11 January 2016

Bowie and Fashion

I woke up today, checked my phone and thought that some critic was just giving Blackstar a negative review - David Bowie 1947 - 2016. It took a while for it to sink in. Looking through Instagram accounts you could say that Bowie's influence on art and fashion was just as great as his musical legacy. It's dizzying looking through galleries showing his creative evolution, from mod (modernist - yes) to the iconic Ziggy Stardust character and beyond. His skintight catsuits were truly unforgettable, as well as the red mullet (who else could make that look cool). Amazingly he claimed that he wasn't interested in fashion, and only wore such flamboyant outfits as he wanted his music to look how it sounds. It's indisputable that he was a huge influence on many current fashion designers such as Hedi Slimane, Alessandro Michele and Phoebe Philo. Make up artists still use his looks as a point of reference, and already the London Collections: Men shows are featuring tributes to his creative contribution (in the Burberry show today a model had Bowie scrawled on his palms in tribute). I loved his recent shoot with Tilda Swinton, and had Labyrinth on repeat as a kid. Here are my favourite looks...

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