From his emergence as a monochrome teen mod in the 1960s, to the glitter-soaked, gender-bending explosion as Ziggy Stardust in the 1970s, and the new romanticism, neo-classicism and Berlin-channelling looks that followed, Bowie is best known for undergoing a style renaissance at every possible turn.
In lace up boots and a printed jumpsuit being interviewed at home in Beckenham, London, 1972.
Wearing a fringed number designed by Kansai Yamamoto performing at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1973.
In all-white performing at The Marquee Club in London, 1973.
In a number-printed jumpsuit on his Stardust tour, 1973.
In an asymmetrical bodysuit performing onstage as Ziggy Stardust, 1972.
In a striped jumpsuit and platform boots posing for a portrait as Ziggy Stardust in London, 1972.
In wide leg pants posing for a portrait promoting the Hunky Dory album in London, 1971.
In a silk flared jumpsuit posing for a portrait in New York City, 1973.
In a Kansai Yamamoto-designed bodysuit performing at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1973.
With designer Kansai Yamamoto, 1973.
In an all-white look performing in Los Angeles, 1973.
In a blue feather boa performing in Los Angeles, 1973.
In a colorful quilted set photographed in a New York City hotel room, 1973.
In a billowing robe performing on stage, 1973.
In a top hat, heeled boots, and overalls posing his album Diamond Dogs, 1974.
In a yellow suit for a promo photo, 1974.
In sunglasses, pictured in England, 1974.
In a blue suit performing in Los Angeles during his Diamond Dogs tour, 1974.
In a striped blazer with wide lapels caught candid, 1973.
In a look by Japanese Designer Kansai Yamamoto, 1973.
In a printed mini dress performing on his Ziggy Stardust/Aladdin Sane tour in London, 1973.
In a sailor cap and parachute pants on his Low/Heroes tour at Madison Square Garden, 1978.
In pleather pants performing in Oakland, California, 1978.
In a jumpsuit and sneakers posing for a portrait, 1976.
In a fedora and suit at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, 1975.
In a suit and wide brim hat for a promo photo, 1974.
In an eye patch and red overalls performing "Rebel Rebel" on the TV show TopPop in Hilversum, Netherlands, 1974.
In suspenders and a plaid tie performing at Radio City Music Hall during the Philly Dogs Tour, 1974.
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