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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Jareth The Goblin King

David Bowie in costume of the character of goblin king of the movie Labyrinth in 1986. Photo by PA

Bowie added another string to his impressive bow by entering the cinema world and his best performance was as Jareth the Goblin King in children’s movie ‘Labyrinth’, directed by Jim Henson. The goblin king’s costume is all about the Gothic feel, lace and ruffles being the mainstays of how the character dresses.

Monochrome palette, ruffles and lace – check out below for inspiration from the Goblin King costume.

Left: Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2019. Oscar de la Renta tulle dress, approx. RM17,658.07

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