Ziggy Stardust Bowie as Ziggy Stardust
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As the world mourned and paid tribute to a musical genius it was evident that Bowie was not just an icon of music but of fashion as well. In 2013, the legendary showman was named the best-dressed Briton in history, in a poll by BBC History magazine.
To celebrate his life I have picked out some of his iconic fashion moments across history.

Ziggy Stardust (2) Bowie as Ziggy Stardust on stage
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Ziggy Stardust

Bowie was known for his incredible changing personas and he once stated that these alter egos helped him overcome shyness. One of his most famous and most recognised personas is Ziggy Stardust, in which Bowie dyed his hair bright red and donned wonderful colourful creations by the designer Kansai Yamamoto who created some of his most famous costumes and outfits.

Aladdin Sane Bowie as Aladdin Sane
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Aladdin Sane
With glam and punk fashion about to hit worldwide, in the mid 1970s Bowie created the alter ego of Aladdin Sane and included the iconic album cover with the red lightening bolt painted onto his face. Bowie used more of Yamamoto's outfits on stage and during photoshoots.

Bowie as Thin White Duke Image via omniaexnihilo.com Bowie as Thin White Duke
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The Thin White Duke
As Bowie achieved worldwide fame under his alter egos as Aladdin Zane and Ziggy Stardust, Bowie decided to take an altogether darker route, creating the Thin White Duke to tie in with his more soulful direction in music. This persona undertook a new fashion look, slick hair and monochrome outfits of crisp white shirts and black trousers.

Pierrot Bowie as Pierrot the Clown
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David Bowie in a mustard suit Bowie photographed by Terry O'Neill
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Eighties Bowie
By the 1980s Bowie had delved into the world of the theatrical once again, wearing elaborate New Romantic costumes with make up, creating characters such as Pierrot the clown.
Bowie's legacy to both music and fashion will live on as he is remembered as one of the greatest entertainers in history.

David Bowie's nineties style Image via the Guardian David Bowie's nineties style
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Nineties Minimalism

When not dressing in flamboyancy, Bowie's nineties look cut a far more elegant silhouette. Bowie would wear floor-sweeping, double-breasted jackets and pleated trousers. Bowie was one of the first to rock Thom Brown's cropped trousers, which are now the designer's trademark.

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