1. David Bowie

Slimane is known to remark, "I was literally born with a David Bowie album in my hand." He was six when a sister's friend gave him a copy of "David Live." On the cover, Bowie appears in a wide trouser and a double-breasted jacket. This moment is said to be the genesis of Slimane's inspirations. So it must have been a thrill for him when, in 2002, Bowie presented the designer with a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. It must have been an even greater thrill to dress Bowie for the stage—Slimane did so for a number of Bowie's tours.

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