When David Bowie played in Paris in the early 1990s, he was wearing a baggy brown suit with pleats. Designer Agnès Troublé, who was in the crowd, was not impressed by his outfit.
“He looked like a German,” the Agnés B founder said in an interview with The Telegraph, “not rock’n’roll.”
So she sent him a pair of black leather jeans with a note saying: “stick to black and white”. The exchange sparked a relationship that resulted in Troublé dressing Bowie on stage for 10 years. Among various Agnés B outfits, he wore her signature striped top, which she first created for William Klein’s film Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? in 1966.
Marking the anniversary of Bowie’s death in 2015, Agnés B has now released a T-shirt printed with a photograph of the singer live in Paris, 1978. The image was taken by the French music photographer Christian Rose, who also shot the likes of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Oscar Peterson over his 50-year career.
Agnès Troublé founded her brand in Paris in 1975. While she has designed clothes for the likes of John Travolta and Uma Thurman (for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction), Patti Smith, Yoko Ono and David Lynch, her Bowie T-shirt – a symbol of her relationship with a singer now lost to the world – carries a special poignancy.