The world was shaken with the news of his passing just a few days after his 69th birthday and the release of ★ (read as Blackstar), his 26th and final studio album. The Man Who Fell to Earth, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, The Goblin King, David Robert Jones—or David Bowie, as he was most popularly known—left behind a legacy in music, fashion, art and film that is inevitably interwoven in pop culture.
Bowie produced music that spanned decades (50 years, from 1966 to 2016, to be exact) and with every decade came an inimitable public persona to match—from the sexually ambiguous alien Ziggy Stardust to the cold, drugged Thin White Duke. His ever-changing style, enviably original and unparalleled in its boldness, was as much a part of his supercharged rockstar appeal as his music was.
Read on as we recount how Bowie charged into fashion territory that few men or women have ever dared to tread.