The legendary singer was a total game changer with his music but also in fashion and art long before Lady Gaga arrived on the scene. Here, he’s depicted in his iconic geometrical boilersuit from Kansai Yamamoto, who was his long-time collaborator turned friend. Indeed, Bowie had an enduring fascination with Japanese culture and often visited the country for inspiration. Farewell, Major Tom.
The funk/R&B prince was another superstar in the music-meets-fashion arena, and his svelte build often saw him channeling androgynous looks. His love for the colour purple resulted in one of his most famous songs, Purple Rain – and the colour would stay associated with him long after.
Of his preoccupation with the colour, Prince said, “When there’s blood in the sky – red and blue = purple… purple rain pertains to the end of the world and being with the one you love and letting your faith/god guide you through the purple rain.”
Carrie Fisher, was of course, the latest tragedy this year has claimed, sadly. Fisher became an overnight sensation when the first Star Wars (Star Wars) film came out in 1977 and while there is of course, far more to her than her most famous role as Princess Leia, it was this very role that cemented her place in pop culture.
The infamous hair buns are re-enacted every Halloween and the pristine white gowns she was often clad in in the Star Wars movies have become irretrievably associated with her Princess persona. Of course, there was that metal bikini she wore in 1983’s The Return of the Jedi that shocked the world at the time. May the Force be with you, Princess Leia.
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