David Bowie: Fashion Icon

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The fashion world could not help but notice the significance of the coincidence that David Bowie passed away the same week as menswear fashion week was taking place in London.

The legendary musician, who passed away at age 69 last Sunday in London, wielded a tremendous amount of influence on the British fashion scene, thereby cementing his status as style icon.

Bowie was a muse to many a designer with his ever-changing looks; from his teenage Mod days to the various personas he adopted in his musical career like Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke.

As one of the leaders of the glam rock movement in the early 1970s, he blurred the lines of gender and sexuality with his flamboyant costumes, glittering makeup and theatrical performances, all of which provided a minefield of inspiration not just for designers but other musical artists. And his look often left a lasting impression on pop culture.

His makeup – the colourful lightening bolt painted on his face from the Aladdin Sane album cover – remains one of his most iconic images. To this day, it is still imitated on magazine covers, painted on celebrities as diverse as supermodel Kate Moss on British Vogue to astronaunt Chris Hadfield on Maclean’s.

Click through to look back at the style of this true original.

English singer, musician and actor David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Prone to colouring his hair, the dyed red hair perfectly clashes with the canary yellow suit in this image, circa 1974.

David Bowie (wearing an eyepatch) performs 'Rebel Rebel' on the TV show TopPop on 7th February 1974 in Hilversum, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

A couple of Bowie style signatures from 1974 include platform shoes and eye patch.

February 1970: Pop singer David Bowie at the 'Disc and Music Echo' Valentine Awards ceremony at the Cafe Royal in London. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In a wide lapel suit at the Disc and Music Echo Valentine Awards ceremony in London in 1970.

1973: Musician David Bowie performs onstage during his "Ziggy Stardust" era in 1973. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Not adverse to wearing a one-legged jumpsuit, David Bowie performing onstage during his Ziggy Stardust era in 1973.

May 1973: In a black and white horizontally striped jacket with wide lapels glam rock star David Bowie. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Wearing a black and white horizontally striped jacket in 1973. A similar jacket was seen years later in a Giorgio Armani collection.