David Bowie 1947-2016
Lucky are those that got to see the mammoth David Bowie retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2013. It was an extraordinary walk-through the man’s life and career and a delight for those of us who had long admired his personal style.
The Ziggy Stardust / Kansai Yamamoto era clothes were not the sort I’d rush to wear, but the one-time jazz saxophonist from Beckenham never lost his love of smart suits, many of which were included in the show.
When in 2008-09 I was writing Sharp Suits, my history of men’s tailoring, I was struggling to find a modern hero of the suit until the penny dropped and I realised that Bowie was the perfect man. From the early 1970s until the end, he wore them well and I included an impressive quintet of his distinctive looks in the book.
It is odd to think that David Bowie has left us, just three days after his 69th birthday. What a legacy. What a back catalogue. What memories he has given us. And in this last photo, I can reveal that this is the nearest I ever got to the great man – miles away from the stage at the Milton Keynes Bowl for the Serious Moonlight tour in early July 1983. Thanks for everything, David.
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