44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever

He was a sartorial legend, and a fearless trailblazer for fashion aliens everywhere.

January 11, 2016
Before he was Ziggy, Aladdin Sane, or The Thin White Duke, David Bowie was Davy Jones
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Just a long-haired kid with a preternatural understanding of the power of appearance
Here he is cheekily defending the rights of “long-haired men” in his first televised interview
Throughout his career, Bowie’s brazen choices played with gender and challenged societal norms of sexuality
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He unabashedly embraced color and played with menswear's stodgy proportions
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He paired impeccably groomed brows with angular, tailored suits, a look that became one of his (many) signatures

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He rocked an immaculate pompadour

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Or a dramatic head of thick, slicked-back hair
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44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever Hulton Archive / Getty Images
And while he was far from the first man to wear makeup, he sure did his part to popularize a well-painted face
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Setting an appropriate precursor to his absurdly photogenic marriage with Iman, model, and makeup titan
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The most blissfully beautiful couple, arguably, ever
He warmly embraced the fashion world, which embraced him right back

RIP David Bowie, a legend and a gentleman. Your extraordinary journey will continue, your magic will never die.

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#DavidBowie #katemoss

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Burberry Prorsum even payed homage to his passing on the runway today, with this open-handed tribute
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Though his indelible influence spans decades on the runway
44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever Jean Paul Gaultier SS13 / Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images
44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever Walter Van Beirendonck AW13 / Francois Guillot / Getty Images
44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever Jonathan Saunders AW14 / Nicolas Asfouri / Getty Images
44 Outfits That Prove David Bowie’s Style Legacy Will Live Forever Dries Van Noten SS16 / Francois Guillot / Getty Images
Countless designers took today to celebrate his legacy

Great talent, great style and a great gentleman. RIP, the one and only David Bowie.

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Hero.

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Today we mark the loss of the iconic musician and generational influencer David Bowie. #Legend #AlexanderMcQueen

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RIP HERO #Davidbowie

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Many of his vibrant onstage costumes have already made their way into exhibits around the world
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He was a stone cold fox, vibrating with on a wavelength of creativity, fearlessness, and talent we may never see again
RIP
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