David Bowie – A Fashion and Music Legacy

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

All image credit to Michele Rosenthal

Like the rest of the world, we at Judy HQ were shocked and saddened when we awoke on Monday morning to news that we had lost David Bowie to an 18-month battle with liver cancer. A star who really does need no introduction, what he has given to the world of music over the years is almost intangible, shaping the world’s outlook on topics as big as space exploration, gender and sexuality.

A huge part of this was Bowie’s approach to fashion. Constantly pushing boundaries and predicting trends decades before they came about, his dalliances with colour, shape and style have inspired both low and high fashion worldwide. We’re all familiar with his ‘classic characters’ – Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Aladdin Sane, Labyrinth’s Goblin King – but less emphasis is placed on his more ‘wearable’ looks – smart tailoring, coloured hair, womenswear-as-menswear and vice versa. These are all looks we covet from our designers, our high-street stores and our vintage traders too, proof that David Bowie’s legacy will live on long after us all.

He’s with us every time we daub glitter on our faces for a party, every time we pair a frilly blouse with an androgynous suit, and every time we fall in love with an ‘out there’ outfit that it seems nobody else would wear. His attitude to fashion, music and life is an inspiration to our work at all three of our brands, and a hopeful reminder to all of his loved ones and fans that being yourself is the absolute best thing you can be. RIP David Bowie, you will be missed.

GIF by Helen Green

GIF by Helen Green

Celebrate individuality in fashion with us at our events this weekend –

Cambridge Affordable Vintage Fair – 16th January @ Cambridge Guildhall, £2 entry, 10.30am,4.30pm

Bristol Vintage Kilo Sale – 16th January @ Bristol Paintworks, £3 entry (11am-12pm), £1.50 entry (12pm-4pm)