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The Man, The Personas: Remembering Music and Fashion Icon David Bowie

Legendary rock and fashion icon David Robert Jones AKA David Bowie died at the age of 69 yesterday, after an 18-month battle with cancer. The British singer, songwriter, and producer was a significant figure in art, fashion, and music and was married to supermodel Iman for 23 years. Born David Robert Jones in 1947, he is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of our time, with a career that spanned over four decades. Known for his chart-topping hits such as “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl,” and “The Man Who Sold the World,” Bowie’s musical prowess extended through a diverse range of music genres like glam-rock, pop, punk, funk, and electronica. His final studio album, Blackstar was released on his birthday last Friday.

Like his music, David Bowie’s androgynous style will be remembered for pushing boundaries in fashion. Fearless and ever-evolving, the pop-rock chameleon used clothes as a means of self-expression that challenged social norms. He kept the world intrigued with his numerous enigmatic alter egos like “Ziggy Stardust,” whose flamboyant hair, clothes, and makeup were loosely based off the Malcolm McDowell character in A Clockwork Orange, and on William Burroughs’ book Wild Boys. “Aladdin Sane” saw a rainbow lightening bolt slashed across Bowie’s face from fire-red hair. As the moody “The Thin White Duke,” Bowie dressed in a white shirt, black trousers, and waistcoat. While David Bowie’s hedonistic personas were many, there will only ever be one David Bowie.

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