David Bowie is dead but his legacy will prevail. Not only has he left family, friends and fans decades worth of some of the world's most influential albums, but the king of self-invention propelled innovative, raucous and fearless fashion, cementing him as the most daring musical style icon ever.
From mod teen and disheveled hippy to glam glitterati and gender-bending king, Bowie has reinvented his style more intensely than any other. His self-inspired transformations have impelled enormous cultural shifts, creating a path to ruthless self-expression and rebellious individuality which many followed and adored.
Before any sartorial disruption, Bowie's clothing roots read like this: dapper, tailored and shamelessly elegant. His sophisticated youth style isn't to be mistaken for normal though – reportedly he initiated a trend for tapered pants at school.
As Bowie fell into the musical universe with his band The Buzz in the mid-60s, he was the perfect picture of the chic mod wardrobe donned by many young men at the time. His early years weren't void of stylistic innovation though – he used food coloring as hair dye, predicating his future full of that orange mullet.
Gender-bending glam glitterati
The closure of the Summer of Love in the 70s saw Bowie's most seismic character invade pop culture, sparking the next generation of his career as Ziggy Stardust. An androgynous alien, this chapter of rock 'n' roll delight was inspired by abundant cultural references and allowed David to immerse himself in the world of glitz on-stage.
Championing platform heels, glam rock make-up and a roaring palette of seemingly endless color, Ziggy epitomized sex appeal (for men and women) and welcomed fluid fashion to the masses. The looks that aligned with the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) and Aladdin Sane (1973) only highlight further that this non-conformist may as well have invented gender neutral dressing.
Into the late 70s and early 80s, Bowie's sense of adventure didn't slow, taking acting spots and creating The Man Who Sold The World. Blending the avant-garde with bold statement pieces and chic modern minimalism, his fashions progressed with him. When off-duty, Bowie clothed himself in trench coats, polo necks, angular glasses and anything black and grey.
The world has lost a legend, but we'll never be void of him. David Bowie's extra-terrestrial essence pushes on in all areas of culture and will never fade.