From space oddity to black tie: A fashion slideshow with David Bowie

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Bowie at 19, posing atop the bass drum of one of his earliest groups, the Kon-rads. Although this look is relatively conservative. He would return to the classic suit later in his career.

A promotional image from NBC’s ‘The Midnight Special,’ which Bowie appeared on in 1975. Bowie is seen with another of Yamamoto’s signature one legged costumes.

From Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust period, a knitted one-legged leotard. It was designed by Kansai Yamamoto, who frequently collaborated with Bowie during this particular era.

The Kansai Yamamoto costume for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust charagter was featured at the Victoria and Albert Museums’ exhibition, ‘British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age’ in 2012.

This 1972 file photo features Kansai Yamamoto’s patent-leather boots.

An undated photograph of Bowie with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger appears to be a candid moment between the two artists of which more was speculated. Still, Bowie’s satiny flared pants manage to hog much of the attention.

Promotional photograph from the announcement of Bowie appearing in ‘TheElephant Man,’ which debuted on September 23, 1980. Bowie is dressed for the occasion in late 1800s garb, including a mismatched striped vest and trousers with an ascot.

An undated photograph of composer Philip Glass and Bowie together. Glass based two symphonies on tow records from Bowie’s ‘Berlin’ trilogy. Bowie’s dark suit and round-brimmed hat are the sort of pairing you’ll still find on the dance floor at goth nights the world over today.

Bowie sports a bright pink blazer and black jeans in Paris in 1991.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Bowie looked as comfortable in black tie as he did in a wide-lapeled space suit. He is featured here with wife, Iman, at the New York Public Library in 2002.