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Bowie Le magnifique

David Bowie in his legendary stripped bdysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour
David Bowie in his legendary stripped bodysuit designed
by Kansai Yamamoto for the Aladdin Sane tour

When the news broke that David Bowie passed away after battling liver cancer, millions of fans lost their idol. Until the last day he never stopped working and just released “Blackstar” his last album. No need to say how much he contributed to music, fashion and experimental arts, Bowie became one of those alive icons. There is a certain immunity for artists like Bowie, his work might not be accessible to mainstream audiences, but all will agree he has marked history and one can only respect his career even if not familiar with it. Born in 1947 in South London from a middle class family, Bowie had a fulgurant ascension with his first album “Space Oddity” in 1969,  which the climax was the creation of supernatural creature and androgynous alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” released in 1972, was probably the album who elevated him to the status of superstar.

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, cover for Aladdin Sane album, photography by Brian Duffy
David Bowie in 1973 as Ziggy Stardust, cover for the Aladdin Sane
album, photography by Brian Duffy (Brian Duffy archive)

Artist Performer David Bowie

He constantly blurred the lines of gender, sexuality and even humanity. He was able to reinvent himself over the decades (1969-2016) going from glam rock, punk, soul, pop to electronic musics, embracing different personas which made him one of the most eclectic musician of all times. In 2013 the V&A Museum in London consecrated an exhibition celebrating his incredible creative journey, with archives, stage costumes, videos and other personal belongings. David Bowie was 69 when he died surrounded by his loved ones and longtime wife, famous model and entrepreneur Iman, at their New York residence, ironically in the most humanly way.

1976: David Bowie poses for an RCA publicity shot in 1976. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
David Bowie in 1976 poses for an RCA publicity shot.
(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)