David Bowie design moments

David Bowie is a big loss, he was influential in several areas from fashion to design over the last 40 years. Interior Design Blogs made a selection of his favourite looks, costumes and album covers. Check out these David Bowie design moments.

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Aladdin Sane album cover, 1973

His image in 1970 was his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust that had an androgynous look. This alter-ego had a painted face with pink and blue with a lighting bolt form. The character that Bowie built here was for the Aladdin Sane album cover and it is one of the most alive characters that he created and it was the most replicated by illustrators paying tribute after news of his death.
Artwork directed by: Celia Philo
Photography: Brian Duffy
Location: Brian Duffy’s studio in London’s Primrose Hill
Makeup: Pierre La Roche


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Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour by Kansai Yamamoto, 1973

This outfit was created by the Japanese fashion designer . He made more than one that were used during the Aladdin Sane’s tour.
The black costume’s wildly exaggerated silhouette expanded out at the legs, forming curves that were emphasised further by the pinstripes.

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Barnbrook album cover for The Next Day, 2013

In 2013 Bowie returned with a single called “Where Are Now?” and the album was called “Next Day”. The covers were created by graphic design studio Barnbrook, which defaced the classic image for his 1977 album “Heroes” by placing a blank square over the pop star’s face to form the new album artwork. The studio also upturned a 1970s photograph of the singer for the new single cover.

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Ziggy Stardust sun makeup, 1973

Many of Bowie’s iconic glam-rock looks were created for his appearances as Ziggy. Paired with his bright red mullet, the musician used face paint and makeup to exaggerate his androgyny. During gigs and photoshoots in 1973, a golden sun was applied to his forehead, while metallic eyeshadow and bright red lipstick added to the drama.


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Goblin King costumes, Labyrinth, 1986

Bowie’s turn as Jareth, the baby-stealing Goblin King in Jim Henson’s partially puppeted family film, is many younger generations’ introduction to the musician. Dressed in a ruffle-front shirt, spangled jacket and skin-tight grey leggings, and sporting a spiky blonde mullet, he transported 1980s glam to fairytale grandeur.

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Ice-blue suit from Life on Mars? music video by Freddie Burretti, 1971

One of the most famous suits wore by David Bowie is this one designed by Freddie Burretti, it was worn during the video for Life on Mars? made the biggest visual impact.
The colour dramatically contrasted with the singer’s bright red hair and white backdrop, but matched his eyeshadow.

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Diamond Dogs Tour stage set, 1974

Bowie embarked upon the theatrical and extravagant Diamond Dogs tour to promote his album of the same name across North America. The set for the shows – designed by Jules Fisher and Mark Ravitz – was built to resemble a city, with angled skyscrapers that appeared to be oozing coloured paint.

The set reportedly cost $400,000 to construct, weighed six tons and incorporated over 20,000 moving parts, including a variety of props such as street lamps, chairs and catwalks.


These are some of David Bowie’s design moments and so many more could be pointed out. He will be missed!

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