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Get The Look: Thin White Duke


Bowie's last stage character is a model of minimalist elegance

After the release of Station to Station in 1976, Bowie adopted a more streamlined image informed by the aesthetic of German expressionism. The singer created a new stage character, the Thin White Duke, whose darker, uncluttered silhouette reflected a personal struggle with substance abuse. A crisp white shirt was worn with high-waisted tailored trousers and a matching vest, while his flaming slick-back 'do and a scarf tied around the neck provided the only splashes of color. Bowie would often complement the look with a wide-breamed fedora and houndstooth overcoat reminiscent of the fashion in 1920s Berlin.

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 Hermes, $325. Drain Pipe Twill Pants by Oak, $82.50.

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