Wednesday, 16 October 2013

David Bowie voted best-dressed British person ever

British singer David Bowie has been voted the best-dressed Briton in history in a recent poll by BBC History Magazine, winning the title with 48.5 per cent of the votes.

Original photography for the 'Earthling' album cover; Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie (1997), photograph © Frank W Ockenfels 

The public survey included the following 10 contenders nominated by leading academics and fashion experts for their sartorial style and impact on the British fashion history:
  1. Anne Messel, 6th Countess of Rosse (1902–92) - nominated by Amy de la Haye, professor of dress history and curatorship at London College of Fashion
  2. Queen Alexandra, queen consort of Edward VII (1844–1925) - nominated by Kate Strasdin, assistant curator at Totnes Fashion and Textile Museum, Devon
  3. David Bowie (1947– ) - nominated by English designer Wayne Hemingway
  4. Henry III (1207–72) - nominated by Dr Benjamin Wild, historian of men’s fashion and guest lecturer at the Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
  5. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757–1806) - nominated by Katy Werlin, a fashion and textile historian specialising in the early modern period
  6. Beau’ Brummell (1778–1840) - nominated by Rachel Dickens, deputy art editor of BBC History Magazine
  7. Charles James Fox, Whig politician (1749–1806) - nominated by Dr Hannah Greig, author of The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London (OUP, 2013)
  8. Queen Elizabeth I (1533–1603) - nominated by Ulinka Rublack, author of Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe (OUP, 2010)
  9. Ellen Terry, actress (1847–1928) - nominated by Veronica Isaac, assistant curator in the Department of Theatre and Performance at the V&A, London
  10. Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) - nominated by Anna Reynolds, curator of paintings for Royal Collection Trust

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