Many consider David Bowie to be the father of glam rock, and for good reason. When he created his Ziggy Stardust persona in 1971, he used outrageous costumes and professional make-up to create a character that fused the ideas of rock and fashion into a single entity.
By embracing camp and androgyny, Bowie challenged the public’s perception of rock ‘n’ roll and what it could represent.But perhaps Bowie’s most impressive fashion icon credentials come from the fact that he is a master of reinvention, constantly recreating his image and striving for innovation, both musically and visually. After shedding the Stardust persona, he continued his exploration
of rock as well as a variety of eclectic musical genres, including soul, industrial and even adult contemporary.
The genre-bending artist brought a new look and sensibility to each and every project he has taken on, creating a template that would be followed by entertainers from Madonna to Lady Gaga. Of course Bowie has contributed much more than music to popular culture. He is also an active artist, producer and actor. He had stylish turns and praised performances in Labyrinth, The Prestige, and of course the film Zoolander, in which he judged an impromptu fashion walk-off. He is a true fashion maven and in his later years he has generally adopted a sleek, tailored look, such as his famous custom-designed Thom Browne suits with shortened sleeves and pant legs, revealing his sock-less ankles and brown wingtips. An unstoppable trendsetter and innovator, Bowie is truly one-of-a-kind.
Speak in extremes, it’ll save you time.
I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “F*ck that. I want to be a superhuman.
I believe that I often bring out the best in somebody’s talents.
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.
I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I’m not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does.
I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.
I once asked [John] Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said`it`s great, but its just rock and roll with lipstick on`.
Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.
I don`t know how many times someone has come up to me and said, `Hey, Lets dance!` I hate dancing. God, it`s stupid.
You would think that a rock star being married to a super-model would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.
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