To celebrate David Bowie's lasting influence on fashion, Nick Knight dug deep into his archive to unearth previously unseen footage. David Bowie: Oooh Fashion! echoes the format of our landmark 2015 Unseen McQueen series, and aims to consider the ways in which Bowie's ever changing identity has shaped our understanding of performance, masculinity and elegance.
For the May 2003 issue of British Vogue, Knight shot Kate Moss in key pieces from Bowie's archive, including an intricate Kansai Yamamoto knitted jumpsuit, furnished with only one arm and one leg and worn on the Ziggy Stardust tour in 1973, and the adored ice blue Freddie Buretti suit from the 1972 Life on Mars video. Footage from the shoot - which not only shows off Bowie's fashion, but also Knight and Moss' working process - will be made available for the first time, alongside previously unreleased material featuring Bowie himself.
To add expert analysis to the series, SHOWstudio, in collaboration with the V&A museum, will host a panel discussion about Bowie's style. Chaired by SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard, the talk will feature Knight, fashion commentator and Business of Fashion editor-at-large Tim Blanks, GQ editor and author of When Ziggy Played Guitar Dylan Jones and the V&A's Victoria Broackes, co-curator of the landmark David Bowie Is exhibition. Footage of the discussion will be available in mid March.