5 Fashion Lessons We've Learnt From David Bowie

David Bowie has died aged 69. This iconoclastic artist defined British culture over an impressive span of five decades with blazes of bold image transformations, poignant music and cutting-edge political and social commentary. Bowie exploded onto the British music scene in 1969 with Space Oddity, but his appeal cut across all creative industries, with his influence ever-present in the fashion world thanks to his devil-may-care experimental style—there was no trouser too tight, jumpsuit too zany, or silk blouse too outlandish for Bowie. He blurred the boundaries of menswear and womenswear, a topic that is at the epicenter of the fashion psyche today.

His renegade spirit and flamboyant, punk aesthetic of the Ziggy Stardust era is one that we witness replayed in the current collections (Hedi Slimane of Saint Laurent springs to mind) and proves to be the ultimate reference point for quintessential British cool in the '70s, '80s and the present day. Here we pay tribute to the late musician with a look back at some of his legendary cool looks that are laced with lessons.

Scroll down to see some highlights from the Bowie fashion archives.

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