UPDATE (1/11/16, 8:35 a.m. ET): David Bowie has died at 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel has declared September 23 David Bowie Day. Why? Well, for one, because David Bowie is an international treasure. But also, because the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is the site of the U.S. debut of David Bowie Is—a retrospective on the iconic artist’s career and his influence on culture, from music and theater to design and, of course, fashion.
How great is Bowie’s impact? He’s been cited as a influence by almost everyone worth mentioning. He also happens to be a continual well of inspiration for those in the fashion industry, where he’s served as muse for Keanan Duffty’s diffusion line for Target in 2007, a resource for Lady Gaga’s costumes while on tour in Japan, and even once stepped in to settle a dispute between two male models. He’s starred in a fashion film for Louis Vuitton in which he (sort of) reprises his role as “Goblin King” while seducing Arizona Muse. Kate Moss has even transformed into Bowie for Vogue twice—once in 2003 and again in 2012.
In order to get you ready for the Bowie retrospective, we’ve compiled a small list of the best (and overt) Bowie references on the runway.