David Bowie’s influence may have first started with his music, but his enduring sense of style proved he was so much more than his prophetic sound. Using his versatile image to capture worldwide attention, the use of avant-garde fashion throughout his entire lifetime enabled his progressive ideas to easily filter out using album covers, videos, photo-shoots, the web.
Reimagining performances again and again, each musical offering often came with a corresponding new fashionable identity; Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke. The memorable Ziggy Stardust from 1972-73, represented Bowie as the “ultimate” personification of the glam-rock era. This dazzling short-lived personality lives on today as one of the most enduring and influential of all of Bowies rock personas.
For the recent men’s and pre-fall collections of Roberto Cavalli, designer Peter Dundas clearly looked to this period to influence the sexy glamour and sophistication that the brand is best known for. Mixing luxurious brocades, embroidered fabrics, and glittering sequins with an androgynous 70’s rock attitude, proves that Bowie’s influence on fashion will look as modern going forward as it did when his Ziggy Stardust character was first created over 40 years ago.