Wearable art

Devon duo create stunning piece of wearable art in tribute to David Bowie

A popular local contemporary artist and a respected Torbay bespoke tailor have collaborated on a masterpiece of wearable art, as a tribute to David Bowie. 

A remarkable piece of ‘wearable art’ is set to be released, inspired by one of the world’s most unique and groundbreaking artists. The stunning jacket by Justin Brogan Bespoke features a limited edition abstract portrait of David Bowie as its lining, created by credible artist and DJ Sarah Mann. 

This exquisite velvet jacket is made to order with the customer’s choice of velvet colour – or other cloth such as denim.

Every single detail of the jacket has been meticulously planned by Justin, taking inspiration from the visionary artist and singer, David Bowie. From the buttons to the cut and the stitching to the colour palates, the jacket is an avant-garde piece of art in itself. 

Even the silk linings of each sleeve are different colours – one grey and one blue, just like the singer’s eyes. In a BBC poll, Bowie was voted the best-dressed Brit in history and the jacket is the perfect tribute to a man who continually influenced and inspired the fashion industry throughout his career.

Sarah Mann studied Art and Design at college and has established herself locally as a cutting-edge artist and DJ, often hosting exhibitions in bars and clubs across the region. 

She said: “Artists such as Andy Warhol, Françoise Nielly, Christian Hook and many more inspire me to blend both my Art and DJ’ing together. Bowie has always been an inspiration, as he mixes up music, art and fashion. The painting is my tribute to someone who was always one step ahead of the latest trend, the explosion of colour an abstract ovation to one of my all-time heroes. It’s been thrilling to work on this project with Justin and I’m so excited to unveil the finished product – a piece of wearable art that fellow Bowie fans are going to love. In the words of David Bowie, ‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring’.”       

Justin says: “This is been one of the most challenging but fun projects I have worked on in my career. It’s involved months of painstaking research to get every element of the jacket just right and I’ve even consulted my former course director at the London College of Fashion, who created a jacket for David Bowie back in the early 1970s, now owned by the V&A. Like everyone we have spoken to, he is thrilled by the quality and attention to detail that has gone into the finished product. Bowie was always at the vanguard of contemporary culture and together I believe we have created something that does his legacy justice.”   

Justin Brogan