Is David Bowie’s Style Choices Alive and Well? Ian Brown has the Answer.
It’s hard to pinpoint which style group in the 70′s is best to remember. Is it the disco, sequined polyester fest that was the life around Studio 54 or was more about the sartorial choices that rock and roll legends like David Bowie made that ruled the decade. One of our fave bloggers Ian Brown of Blindman’s Cirus asks the question and comes up with some answers of his own. Check out his commentary below and which designer today seems to be influenced by yesteryears rocking greats.
“The era was one of excess. Diane Vreeland’s Vogue was drenched with now-poorly aged editorials, and fashion took a strange turn. The shameful sartorial choices of the era are so awkwardly linked however with some of the best of rock and roll.
David Bowie through the years was no consistent style maven. His stage persona was draped in camp gesture. Still, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Pictured above is Bowie back in the glam days with guitarist Mick Ronson wearing an unfortunate windsor knot. Bowie looks fucking rad in the photo. Check out that jacket. Its pretty badass, though the wingspan of his lapels is ridiculous he’s definitely ready for a proper space quest in that get up.
Seeing it immediately revived the memory of this SS09 Tim Hamilton blazer that I’ve been lusting after. I love the Op-art quality of the converging panels on the back. Somehow it looks better without the broad lapels and embellished piping. It’s like an Ellsworth Kelly. Very sharp.”
Image courtesy of The Contributing Editor photograph by Mick Rock