Fashion's Adoration of David Bowie
We look at the ongoing sartorial infatuation with the Thin White Duke, from the runway to the big screen
David Bowie's unique and varied identities - from Ziggy Stardust, the sexually ambiguous Starman, to Major Tom and Aladdin Sane - have been a constant inspiration to, among many other industries, the world of fashion.
Even when he wasn’t in character per se, his outfits were always considered, and always an expression of himself and his music. Those fashion choices inspired not only his direct fans, but influenced fashion designers who in turn helped to spread his message to a wider audience.
As Raf Simons said of his spring 2015 couture collection for Dior, which was influenced by the iconic musician: "He's a chameleon, able to reinvent himself. But he's also the materialisation of something else. More than a man - an idea."
Although he’s been quoted as saying he was never interested in fashion, Bowie frequently wore elaborate costumes designed by some of the industry’s best: the striped “Tokyo Pop” bodysuit by Kansai Yamamoto from 1973, the “Union Jack” Alexander McQueen coat he wore on the cover of Earthling (1997), and the signature skinny suits for Bowie’s stage performances created by Hedi Slimane.
Here, we look at fashion's ongoing infatuation with the Thin White Duke, from the runway to the big screen.
The New Power Dressing: Your Back To Work Wardrobe Essentials
Fashion Editor / Dan Ahwa. Photographer / Mara Sommer. Model / Erin Wheeler from Unique Models. ...
The Biggest Fashion Moments That Made Headlines In 2018
Viva's fashion team Dan Ahwa and Rosie Herdman take a look back at this year's most memorable fas...
Looks Of The Year: All The Coolest Fashion From 2018
The Viva fashion team pick the best looks of 2018
Stylish Summer Attire That's Perfect For Your Next Road Trip
Warm weather pieces that are fun and practical? Hard to beat. Manahou Mackay and Bella Smith take...
This Summer's Best Swimwear To Suit Your Style
Minimal or feminine, full-coverage or itty-bitty... Whatever your style, there's a flattering swi...
Christmas Gift Guide: What To Give The Busy Professional In Your Life
For the multi-tasker and the career-driven, sharpen their focus with some useful tools to inspire...
Fancy & Fun Party Shoes You Will Actually Be Comfortable In
Show your soles some love this party season with these heels that aren't sky high.