Norman Perry is the president of Perryscope Productions, a licensing and merchandising company that represents David Bowie (among many other icons) in partnership with Epic Rights. He believes that Bowie’s personal style has a lot to do with his impact on fashion.
“I have four clients [Bowie, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix] that were fashion forward, and they each looked different on every album cover, every tour,” he told OK Whatever in a phone interview. “There's a handful of people where clothes were a really significant part of their persona and their aura, and in the case of David Bowie, he was not a predictable man. He kept changing. He was a chameleon by design and by circumstance. One could say safely that you've got a lot more to work with and a lot more ideas that come out of looking at 25 David Bowie photographs than maybe 25 photographs of somebody that wasn't quite as stylish or well known for style.”