The man who proclaimed “my music must visually resemble the way it sounds” has always thought of the musical work and the wardrobe as a whole at the service of his art. A trailblazer, he took a multi-sensory, holistic approach to creation.
Perhaps it was his ability to create a total work of art in which the garment itself played an active part that earned him posterity. To this day, David Bowie’s memory is essentially associated with the various characters he created and who have survived him.
In this great odyssey that is David Bowie’s work, there is one unifying element: tailoring.
From his early days in the 50s, David Bowie sported a mod look consisting of a single-breasted jacket and straight trousers; trousers that gradually widened until, in the 70s, they became known as ephrem pants, but were nonetheless tailored trousers with a strong stylistic statement.
Likewise, following his Aladdin Sane album and its Ziggy-period looks like an extra-terrestrial who fell from the sky in a bolt of lightning, David Bowie reconciled himself with costumes to the point of delivering a more minimal, purer version.