Chronicling David Bowie's Iconic Looks Over The Years

Chronicling David Bowie's Iconic Looks Over The Years

Chronicling David Bowie's Iconic Looks Over The Years

Remembering and celebrating the icon on his 74th birthday.

Remembering and celebrating the icon on his 74th birthday.

Text: Trishna Rikhy

David Bowie was a trailblazer of fashion, a musical phenomenon innovating style and sound beyond barriers. Throughout his lifetime, the icon was a number of things: a husband and a father, Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, wearer of three-piece suits and floor-length gowns alike.

In remembering the rock legend, we’re chronicling some of his most iconic looks throughout the years, celebrating the life of David Bowie on what would be his 74th birthday and paying tribute to one of fashion’s most eclectic figures.

The Man Who Sold The World Album Cover, 1971


No one wears a dress like Bowie, and in the 70s, this Michael Fish design was the perfect garment for the one-of-a-kind star to be clad in. Rightfully praised throughout the years for breaking down barriers of gender and sexuality, Bowie’s wild and free fashion choices can be traced right down to his roots.

Ziggy Stardust Era, 1973

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In a one-armed, one-legged flaming jumpsuit, Bowie makes a bold and asymmetrical statement towards the end of the Ziggy Stardust years.

Aladdin Sane Tour, 1973

via Masayoshi Sukita

Designed by Japanese designer Kansai Yaramoto, this wide-legged, groovy vinyl jumpsuit with white detailing is encapsulates the Aladdin Sane era, evoking the energetic and bold persona of the figure.

Paris, 1973

via Rex Features

Red hair, no eyebrows and a shiny blue blazer—some looks are Bowie to their very core. Following the rejection of an original song for his 70s band Mott the Hoople, Bowie drunkenly shaved off his brows.

A Clockwork Orange Ensemble, 1973

via Rex Features

At a London gig, Bowie wears a silk ensemble printed with motifs reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s film.

“Rebel Rebel” Performance, 1974

via Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

While performing on Dutch TV, Bowie channels a rock pirate in his bold red-and-black costume complete with platform boots and an eyepatch.

London, 1978

via Peter Still/Redferns

In a breezy, billowing silhouette, Bowie wears an all-white linen look onstage at London’s Earl’s Court during a performance.

Vogue Feature, 1978

via Snowdon

On a garden-framed pedestal, Bowie evokes a Greek god in casual trousers, a printed tee and bare feet in a moment for Vogue captured by Lord Snowdon.

Paris, 1991

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Bowie brings femininity to rock again in the 90s, wearing a flamingo pink, wide-lapel blazer during a performance in Paris.

Earthling Album Cover, 1997

via Frank W Ockenfels

For his 20th studio album, Bowie wears a Union Jack coat designed in collaboration Alexander McQueen, complete with his famous orange hair.

Glastonbury, 2000

via PA

A nostalgic trip to decades past is evoked in Bowie’s Glastonbury look—reminiscent of earlier years, he wears an embroidered floral dress coat and half-buttoned blue pinstripe shirt.

New York, 2006

via PA

Leaving a Lou Reed photo exhibition in NYC, Bowie sports a brown coat with a wide, boxy cut, forming a silhouette as powerful as its wearer.


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