A budding rock'n'roll singer in the mid '60s, young David Bowie (a.k.a. Davie Jones) roamed the streets of Swinging London and embraced the Mod aesthetic of the era.
Bowie's unabashed excentricity culminated in the introduction of a new stage persona, Ziggy Stardust, whose outlandish stage outfits took inspiration from Kabuki theatre.
After the release of Station to Station in 1976, Bowie adopted a more streamlined image informed by the codes of German expressionism.
Chatwin Pop White Shirt by Acne Studios, $200. Felt Fedora by Borsalino,
$375 at J.J. Hat Center.
Goatskin Oxford Shoes by Repetto,
$325 at Opening Ceremony.
Vintage Silk Twill Scarf by Hermès, $325.
Drain Pipe Twill Pants by Oak, $82.50.
A self-imposed exile to Berlin in 1977 with buddy Iggy Pop inspired some of Bowie's most acclaimed work, and brought a touch of punk to his wardrobe.
Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt by Uniqlo, $19.90.
Slim-Fit Corduroy Pants by RRL, $260.
Leather Bomber Jacket by Asos, $161.
Wallabee Leather Boots by Clarks, $159.99.
Silk Ivy Cap by Borsalino, $75 at Bencraft Hats.
Bowie's shift to pop-rock in the early '80s came with a vibrant dandy get-up that eased his way into mainstream music —and millions of hearts.
Powder Blue Suit Jacket by Mugler,
$1175 at Ssense.com.
Striped Shirt by Zara, $59.90.
Self-Tie Bow Tie by The Tie Bar, $17.90.
Grey Wingtip Oxford by Florsheim by Duckie Brown, $265 at Neiman Marcus.
White Leather Belt by Gucci, $230.