David Bowie’s Fashion Influence In Three Personas

Burberry’s open hand tribute to Bowie’s death at London Collections Men in 2016. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images

Today is the 72nd birthday of one of the world’s greatest rock stars, David Bowie who passed away in early 2016. The musician was a barrier-breaking style icon, pushing gender boundaries through his rouged cheeks, love for velvet blouses and strapped platforms.

In recent years, we’ve witnessed some of fashion’s best gender-fluid moments: Jaden Smith in a skirt for Louis Vuitton, Ezra Miller in a Montcler Pierpaolo Piccioli puffer gown at the movie premiere of ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and just a few months ago, A$AP Rocky in a silk babushka headscarf by Gucci. In 2019, androgyny has become the mode but it was Bowie and his constant reinventions throughout his long illustrious career that had proved that style has no gender.

We remember his impact on the world of fashion by decoding the style of his three personas and teaching you how to capture Bowie’s ethereal look, from Ziggy Stardust, Thin White Duke to Goblin King from the film, ‘Labyrinth.’

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Ziggy Stardust

Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust in 1973, London. Photo by REX FEATURES

Bowie’s most popular alter ego, Ziggy Stardust is a vision of glam rock. The lightning bolt and bright-red mullet along with multicolored ensembles and lycra jumpsuits has become synonymous with the Ziggy persona.

Bright silk blouses, metallic lycra leggings and an elegant twill scarf – check out below on how to inject a bit of Ziggy Stardust into your wardrobe.

Left: Gucci Spring/Summer 2019. Prada blouse, approx. RM5,717.76; Gucci lycra metallic stretch leggings, approx. RM2,262.42; Fendi silk twill scarf, approx. RM699.30

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