It’s official: David Bowie is the best dressed Briton in history.
The chameleonic singer has topped out a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine. Indeed, he collected 48.5% of all votes, reaffirming he’s as popular -- and cool -- as ever.
Bowie’s knack for fashion has been a hallmark of his career. A hit exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum earlier this year explored the Londoners’ always-stylish alter-egos, from Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and The Thin White Duke, to the sharp-dressed 66-year-old recording artist he is today.
The singer was one of 10 individuals nominated by a panel of academics and fashion, who were critiquing the subjects’ sartorial style and impact on British fashion history.
Bowie was championed by designer Wayne Hemingway, and beat out the likes of Queen Elizabeth I; Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and original “dandy” Beau Brummell, who had a reputation for needing six hours each day to get ready.
Bowie is having a big year for topping charts. His latest album release, “The Next Day,” went on to be a global hit on its release earlier this year, arriving at No. 1 in 15 countries including the U.K. It’s in the running for the Mercury Prize, which will be announced Oct. 30.