Fashion mourns the loss of Bowie

Fashion mourns the loss of Bowie
Featuring: David Bowie (as Thomas Jerome Newton)

Fashion stars including Jean Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, Sir Paul Smith and Andreja Pejic have paid tribute to late star David Bowie

The legendary British singer died on Sunday (10Jan16) following an 18-month battle with cancer, and his death shocked the world as news of his illness hadn’t been known. His passing came just two days after the release of his final album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday.

Stars from many different walks have honoured his memory, with those from the fashion industry discussing the mammoth impact he had on it.

“David Bowie was an absolute rock star,” Gaultier told “He transcended the eras, influencing them and sometimes even creating them, musically, intellectually, and as a human being. Personally, he inspired me by his creativity, his extravagance, his sense of fashion that he was constantly reinventing, by his allure, his elegance, and his play on gender.”

Kenzo designer Carol Lim and Humberto Leon spoke of seeing the Thin White Duke performing in 2002, calling it a memory they will always cherish.

David Bowie being lowered from the spider set's ceiling, to the opening song "Glass Spider" at Rock am Ring – 7 June 1987 Fashion mourns the loss of Bowie
David Bowie being lowered from the spider set’s ceiling, to the opening song “Glass Spider” at Rock am Ring – 7 June 1987

During his life Bowie did a lot for LGBT rights and was known for his gender fluid alter-egos, such as Ziggy Stardust. It is this which transgender model Pejic touched on, revealing she spoke to him about her journey when they worked together on the video for his track The Stars (Are Out Tonight).

Fashion mourns the loss of Bowie“It was simply one of the greatest moments of my life,” she said of their collaboration. “He was incredibly sweet, supportive, and extremely down to earth. We talked about politics, music, and social media (which he personally hated). He told me he had followed my career and asked how it was going and I admitted it was hard to break down certain gender binary walls in modelling. He winked at me and said, ‘Let’s see what this does.’ In one scene I had to crawl on top of him, stick a two-inch nail down his throat, and kiss him on the lips. It was pure madness, but the best kind!”

Van Noten suggests Bowie “sparked creativity” in people, something which is still apparent to this day, while Smith paid tribute to the late singer when opening an exhibition about his inspiration to date during London Collections: Men on Monday (11Jan16). Burberry showed at the UK event and also took the opportunity to mark Bowie’s death, with his track Where Are We Now? played as guests arrived and Oh! You Pretty Things marking their exit. During the catwalk display models sported glittery make-up reminiscent of the star, while one had the star’s name written on her hands.

Kate Moss honoured the star as she knows best – she was spotted out in London wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with his face and huge platform boots, just like Bowie rocked in the ’70s.

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