David Bowie, 1972.
“I find only freedom in the realms of eccentricity.” - David Bowie
It seems this week the world has dimmed. The colourful, bright light that was David Bowie has sadly blown out.
He was a shape shifter, who's devotion to each character was done with such honesty & dusted with pure magic. With each embodiment - he transformed & transported his audience to what felt like another world. A world full of creativity, without prejudice or ego, a place where you could belong.
His contribution to the arts was immeasurable, continuously inspiring new generations of designers, musicians, and artists. He honed in on the power of change & re-invention, creating almost a sculpture out of his own image, through makeup, fashion & movement- all authentically orchestrated. This truly paved the way for designers & the idea behind their collections, the importance of re-invention each season & the way in which they are presented. Bowie-forms take shape on the runway every season, whether it be through Jean Paul Gaultier's, 'Rock Star' collection, or influenced subtly through feminine cuts & tailoring in Gucci's latest collection. His influence is felt.
What I truly loved about Bowie was that he embraced colour, bold prints & Avant Garde stage wear, each look threaded with elegance & beautiful tailoring - forever changing & altering the norms of the time. In fact, we are still trying to catch up.
Although his loss is deeply felt, I come away with feelings of gratitude of living in a time that has been truly influenced by his rebellion & dedication to individuality.
It's time to embrace yours. My favourite Bowie-centric pieces from Shrimpton Couture (and a Bowie and Cher Young Americans Medley video) are below.