Icon Focus: David Bowie
It's hard to image a world before Bowie (or B.B. as we're calling it), but when he burst onto the scene in the late '60s, his wild, androgynous style changed the face of rock and roll forever. From Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane, to the Thin White Duke - his self-inventions have inspired countless trends, not least pastel 80s clothes and 70s glam, and have made him a constant muse for designers over the years (Hedi Slimane, we're looking at you). In fact, so respected is his dress sense that last year the Victoria & Albert museum paid homage to his style with a retrospective. Pretty good going for a man who's always said he isn't interested in fashion.
Bowie was a bold dresser from the offset - sporting a dress on the cover of his 1970 album The Man Who Sold The World. Also known as 'Hippie Bowie', this early period of his career saw him dressed in flamboyant folk-style fashions, from billowing shirts to wide-legged trousers. His constantly evolving look only got wilder over the years, earning him a legacy as rock's greatest chameleon and a style trailblazer.
Over five decades, his career has seen him dramatically evolve from hippie folkster, glam god and soul king, to pared-back Berliner, New Romantic and Neo-Classicist. His get-ups were some of the most exciting that rock had ever seen, and have cemented his legacy as a figure who not only revolutionised how rock sounded, but how it looked too.