David Bowie: music, art and fashion



The music and fashion, art painting sculpture photography and literature, as well as the movie are the offspring of human genius. The arts are inextricably linked.

Substance and appearance will fund together to create something magnificent. The fashion among a lot of inspiration from because as he said Wilde “Fashion is what one wears. What is unfashionable is what other wear ”

Projected towards the future this is the task of the creator’s own existence as a work of art.
The music brought a great contribution to the costume and clothing and inspirations come to us from the past in which the great musicians on the scene and were exhibited complete original trend, created styles.
Today I bring you on a journey through fashion and music, from classics to get to David Bowie.

Rock and baroque, really have a lot in common you know?

We start from a recent event, after the great success at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, “David Bowie is”. For the first time in history after the Beatles  musician landed in the art world! Now the exhibition is in Berlin:

David Bowie in Berlin


If you click on the picture you’ll be automatically redirect to the site of the exhibition!


He has influenced music, ranging and contaminating sounds  from rhythm and blues to electronics through the glam rock and shocking the world.

An alien from Mars, who has influenced our musical tastes, our approach with science fiction and not least our wardrobe.

Alien, vampire, king of the goblins and yet melancholy Pierrot, Bowie become a perfect intellectual gentlemen change looks even today.

David Bowie look

Let’s take a step back; we are in Salzburg in the middle of 1700 century. A young Mozart performs with his piano and enchanted the austrian nobility. The fashion of the time was magnificent and elegant, with all the gold and decorations typical of the neoclassical style and Baroque derivation …


Kyoto Costume Institute French 1790


Another example came trought  romanticism. No one was  more elegant as Chopin was , the most classy and sophisticated among the composers in this period. Emaciated,young with pale skin (just like Bowie) but with an air of noble and delicate it was contended by all ladies in the european high society. It is said that his gloves (that he used to protect his precious hands as incomparable tools)  became very fashionable at those times, and everyone want to wear it!




In the twentieth century with the advent of jazz and modern music are faced with new styles and new looks.
After the 1950, rock and roll  change faces again with musician as  Elvis and The Beatles: music has influenced wardrobes around the world.
But we get an hero and not just for one day.


Boho, hippie chic, dandy and delicately effeminate David Bowie started to emerge with this look.

After escaping a loathed job in a Soho advertising agency, Bowie became a full-time performer – while still living in Foxgrove Road, Beckenham with his mum. He failed to secure roles in West End productions of ‘Oh, What a Lovely War!’ and ‘Hair’, and flirted with Buddhism, performance art and maxi dresses. When he married Angie Barnett in 1970, the two adopted a similar look: flowing locks, trousers and blouses. He was frequently described as looking like Greta Garbo. In 1971 he caused a sensation with the cover of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, reclining in a medieval-style number by designer Michael Fish, whose Marylebone boutique specialised in ‘man dresses’ – one of the few missing pieces in the exhibition. His mum was bemused but tolerant, telling the press: ‘As long as he remains a boy, I can’t see any harm in it.’




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Now living with Angie (still in Beckenham), with the world starting to take notice, Bowie decided to make things interesting. The streak of lightning, the shock of red hair, the insect-like body in a sequinned second skin: Ziggy Stardust is Bowie’s most visually memorable persona.

It was created piecemeal, a jigsaw of cultural references assembled by the interested-in-everything Bowie. The haircut came first – courtesy of Suzy Fussey of Evelyn Paget ladies’ hair salon on Beckenham High Street. She later dyed it red to match a picture of Marie Helvin that Bowie had seen in a magazine. The make-up was inspired by Alice Cooper and the outfit by costumes in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’, stitched together by designer Freddie Burretti. Finally, Bowie – always first to spot new talent – went to the first Japanese fashion show to take place in the UK and hired Kansai Yamamoto, who would become the genius behind Ziggy’s most memorable costumes, like the catsuit that even Kate Moss struggled to get into on a 2003 Vogue shoot. Then Bowie shaved off his eyebrows and things started to get really weird. ‘I can take on guises of different people I meet,’ he said in 1973. ‘I can take on their accents – I’m a collector.’

From there Bowie was born alienated, emaciated and bloodless “The man who fell to earth” character after the film Roegh, David will drag this character on his way to Berlin, in the old Europe separated by Th Wall.



We can be heroes…

The trilogy marks another extraordinary era for music, which becomes dark and electronics introducing new genres and new styles.

Close to self-destruction, Bowie took himself to Berlin to soak up the music and art scene, and break himself of an epic coke habit. Estranged from Angie, he immersed himself in the music of Brian Eno, the writing of William Burroughs and the art of Salvador Dalí – and moved in with Iggy Pop. Bowie played with Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies cards and borrowed Burroughs’s cut-up technique to piece together lyrics from words on scraps of paper. 




The Berlin Wall, the Nazi fascination, friendship with Eno and Iggy Pop its loyal employees and friends of raids.




The melancholic Pierrot:

In 1980, Bowie was back in dress-up mode again – flying between London and New York and playing gigs in both cities. On ‘Saturday Night Live’, he performed with the then-unknown cabaret countertenor Klaus Nomi. To sing ‘TVC 15’ he wore a dress with a toy poodle at his feet with a television screen in its mouth. Don’t think anyone saw that coming… For the ‘Ashes to Ashes’ video, he revisited a lifelong fascination with sad clown figure Pierrot (who he would also reference in song ‘Threepenny Pierrot’: ‘Happy little feet that dance all day/Lonely little heart with lots to say’) and commissioned Natasha Korniloff (costume designer for Bowie’s 1967 stage debut, ‘Pierrot in Turquoise’) to create an astonishing cyber-clown suit.

David Bowie Brian Duffy

Yet for someone whose profile often preceded his output, Bowie has been enigmatic of late, neither attending the V&A opening nor promoting The Next Day (announced out of the blue on his 66th birthday in January, a decade after his last album, Reality). The album cover reworked the Heroes sleeve, with Bowie’s face now obscured by a white square. “Great pop or rock music… is ‘of the moment’, forgetting or obliterating the past”, explains designer Jonathan Barnbrook.

Bowie hasn’t played live since 2006 and no tour dates are planned, leading to rumours of ill health following heart surgery in 2004. Yet recent videos see him looking fit, and paps recently snapped the recluse in Venice, hiding in plain sight behind shades and hats. This is because, following in the footsteps of Keith Richards, Bowie will soon be seen in a Louis Vuitton campaign, having reportedly been lensed in the Italian city touting the luxury luggage. Tellingly, it’s not simply new musical material that’s putting Bowie back into the public eye, but his longstanding style-icon status, and a continuing association with fashion.

David Bowie for LVMH


Innovative and wise manager for himself with the album “The Next Day” gave us  theproof that his talent have no age and also his taste for fashion: recruiting in his latest video Tilda Swinton his alter ego and androgynous models.



All the designers from Gucci to Prada, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laureant, Armani (and more) have dedicated over the years and now more than ever looks and collections inspired and often overtly allusive.


“Make your life a work of art”




Inspire your look:



A. Paloma Jacket - Lagom ~ B. Atzec Jumpsuit - Kuccia £50 ~ Siren Chunky Heel Sandal - MeeMee £40 ~ Vincenta Small Bag Aqua - Malababa €135

A. Paloma Jacket – Lagom ~ B. Atzec Jumpsuit – Kuccia £50 ~ Siren Chunky Heel Sandal – MeeMee £40 ~ Vincenta Small Bag Aqua – Malababa €135


A. Black Pinstrip Pinafore Jumpsuit - River Island £45 ~ Sugar Hooker Bodysuit - Project104 £84 ~ Fancy Dress Black Satin Eyepatch - £0.99 Amazon.co.uk ~ Argo Heavy Strap Boots - Topshop £92

A. Black Pinstrip Pinafore Jumpsuit – River Island £45 ~ Sugar Hooker Bodysuit – Project104 £84 ~ Fancy Dress Black Satin Eyepatch – £0.99 Amazon.co.uk ~ Argo Heavy Strap Boots – Topshop £92






La musica e la moda,l’arte la pittura la scultura la fotografia e la letteratura, così come il cinema sono figlie del genio umano.

Sostanza e apparenza si fondo insieme per creare qualcosa di magnifico.

Le ispirazioni giungono a noi dal passato in cui i grandi musicisti sulla scena esibivano completi originali e facevano tendenza, creavano stili.

Oggi vi porto in un viaggio tra moda e musica, dai classici per arrivare a David Bowie.

Il rock e il barocco, hanno davvero molto in comune lo sapevate?


Partiamo da un evento recente che si è tenuto a Berlino dopo il grande successo londinese al museo Victoria and Albert. Per la prima volta nella storia dopo il Beatles un musicista approda nel mondo dell’arte e lo fa a trecentosessanta gradi.


Ha influenzato la musica, spaziando e contaminando sonorità che vanno da rythm and blues all’elettronica passando per il glam rock e scioccando il pianeta.


Un alieno da Marte che ha influenzato i nostri gusti musicali, il nostro approccio con la fantascienza e non da meno il nostro guardaroba.

Alieno, vampiro, Re degli gnomi e ancora Pierrot malinconico, per poi diventare perfetto gentlemen intellettuale e cambiare ancora fino ad oggi.


Facciamo un salto indietro; siamo a Salisburgo nel 1700. Un giovanissimo Mozart si esibisce per le orecchie incantate della nobiltà Austriaca. La moda dell’epoca era sfarzosa ed elegante, con tutti gli ori e le decorazioni tipiche dello stile neoclassico di derivazione barocca.


Il musicista è padrone assoluto della scena oltre che della musica. Mozart esibiva vestiti eccentrici e meravigliosi proprio come la sua personalità. Ecco qui qualche esempio


Nel romanticismo nessuno come Chopin era piu elegante tra i compositori. Giovane emaciato (proprio come Bowie) ma con un’aria nobile e delicata era conteso da tutte le signorine per bene dell’alta società europe. Si narra che il suoi guanti che egli usava per proteggere le sue preziose mani, strumenti incomparabili, fossero diventati di grande moda.


Nel novecento con l’avvento del Jazz e della musica moderna si affacciavano nuovi stili e nuovi look.

Dopo gli anni 50 con il rock and roll da Elvis ai Beatles la musica ha influenzato i guardaroba di tutto il mondo.

Ma arriviamo al nostro eroe, non solo per un giorno.

Da hippie chic e Bobo a Marziano il passo è breve. Con l’aiuto della sua allora moglie Angela Barnett i costumi diventano sgargianti e complice la Tv a colori il nostro alieno esce dallo schermo e si impadronisce dell’anima di milioni di teenagers.


Il successo che consacrerà Ziggy è destinato a finire per volere del nostro Bowie, con il concerto live del 1973 dove verrà ucciso.


Da lì nasce Bowie alienato,emaciato ed esangue “L’uomo che caddde sulla terra” personaggio che dopo il film di Roegh, David si trascinerà finchè sarà a Berlino.


La trilogia segna un’altra epoca straordinaria per la musica, che si fa cupa ed elettronica introducendo nuovi generi e nuovi stili.



Il muro di Berlino, le fascinazioni naziste,l’amicizia con Eno e Iggy Pop suoi fedeli collaboratori ed amici di scorribande.


Fino ad oggi David ci stupisce per tutti gli stili e le epoche che ha attraversato e che attraversa, fino ad approdare ad oggi, fiero sessantenne nella campagna di Louis Vuitton, che richiama i toni di un carnevale barocco, guarda caso, mentre suona una spinetta, tanto cara a Bach  chiudendo in un certo senso un ciclo e riaprendone un altro. Innovatore e sapiente manager di se stesso, con l’album The Next Day ci ha dato la prova che il suo talento non conosce età e anche il suo gusto per la moda, reclutando nel suo ultimo video Tilda Swinton sua alter ego e modelli androgini tra cui spicca il nome della trans Andrea Peijc, meravigliosa icona contemporanea.


Tutti gli stilisti gli hanno dedicato nel corso degli anni e oggi piu che mai look e collezioni ispirate e spesso dichiaratamente allusive.


“Fate della vostra vita un’opera d’arte”


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