From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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(Left) David Bowie performing as 'Ziggy Stardust'. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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(Left) The final Ziggy Stardust concert. Photos: Debi Doss/Redferns

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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David Bowie Live in 1997. Photos: Debi Doss/Redferns

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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Bowie live at Madison Square Garden for the Low/Heroes 1978 World Tour. Photos: Richard E Aaron/Redferns

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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Earl's Court Arena in 1978. Photo: Peter Still/Redferns

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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(Left) Photo: KMazur/WireImage

(R) Bowie performs at the Feijenoord stadium in Rotterdam in 1987. Photo: Frans Schellekens/Redferns

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

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(Left) A role portrait of Bowie from 1978. Photo: ullstein bild/ullstein bild/Getty Images

(R) Bowie performs on stage at Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, in 1978. Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

From rock to red carpet, David Bowie was the god of all things

Kaushik Ramaswamy @kaushikramaswa1

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David Bowie may have passed on into the great rock arena in the sky today, but the self-described (and publicly acknowledged) 'rock god' isn't going anywhere as long as fans exist - and we're pretty certain fans will always exist because the man's genius was undeniable.

But while his influence on music hardly needs acknowledgement, the same is actually true of his influence on fashion.

A consummate showman who routinely blurred the line between his stagecraft and real life, Bowie had a love for acting and all things theatrical - which reflected in his eclectic look that became the medium for his message. It ensured that Bowie the man stood out as much as Bowie the performer, even in the psychedelia-rich 70s.

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From his androgynous look in the early years where he even attended interviews in a dress, Bowie always pushed boundaries.

The rest of his career would be no different, from the red-haired and lightning bolt facepaint of Ziggy to the blonde-haired, darker character of the Thin White Duke, Bowie's entire life was to be a fashion statement.

There was no shade of colour, no length of hair, no fashion statement that Bowie did not try, or indeed pioneer. We picked a few of our favourites.

Text: Ranjan Crasta

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