Devid Bowie’s fashion legacy: Glam rock, androgyny, loud makeup, constant reinvention
At the Milan Fashion Week mens wear previews last month, designers paid tribute to the late David Bowie by celebrating the androgyny that his style was synonymous with.Fashion designer Peter Dundas, who presented his line for Roberto Cavalli’s men’s fall/winter collection, was quoted as saying, “Bowie’s almost always on my mood board. It felt like the beginning of the end of something very , very important, stylistically and musically and in iconography as well.” Presenting at the same show, Donatella Versace also drew inspiration from the star for her latest collection. However, the fact that the music legend has had an impact on fashion is hardly new. Besides being an iconic rock star, Bowie was also a renowned style icon who influenced fashion in a big way . For him, nothing was off limits -eye patches, skinny pants, makeup and sequined onesies, all made their way into his wardrobe as he introduced the androgynous look in the ’70s. Even when he traded his crazy clothes in for a more refined look -blazers, wide trousers and retro fedoras -his choices seemed fresh, stylish and loud.
The Starman singer opted for creative looks that were a perfect match for his musical style and also reinvented himself with every album release. His various alter egos, such as the Thin White Duke, Alladin Sane, Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom Jack, were all very different from each other, with each having its own unique style and look.
Bowie’s most lasting impact on fashion was perhaps his interpretations of what masculinity should look like. The notions of gender fluidity that fashion and popular culture are engaged with today were presented on stage by Bowie 40 years ago in his performances. Here are a few examples of his lasting impact on fashion.