An adult coloring book retrospective presenting music legend David Bowie’s most idiosyncratic and indelible looks throughout the years, with insight into his famed designer collaborations, fashion inspirations, and stylish illustrations.
Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie’s nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention.
While I felt this coloring book/biography had a really cool concept, the execution fell short for me. The book is quite unbalanced with half of it dedicated to 1973/4 and the rest dedicated to the next 40 odd years. Also, the line weight was too thin and light for my tastes- I prefer bold line work if I’m to shade it in. Overall, this is still a neat collector’s piece for any die hard Bowie fans, but you won’t learn anything new aside from a few designers names which aren’t often mentioned when discussing his rather awesome costumery. I’d give this 3 stars since I do think it was well researched and there are a few drawings inside I will definitely color.
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