October 15, 2013 16:59

David Bowie named the best-dressed Briton in history

The music legend beat Queen Elizabeth I to the title

David Bowie named the best-dressed Briton in history

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David Bowie has been named the best dressed Briton in history.

The music icon beat the likes of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry III and 17th century diarist Samuel Pepys to the title, which was voted for by a poll in BBC History Magazine.

Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and Beau Brummell, a dandy icon who is said to have spent six hours a day getting ready were also contenders for the accolade.

Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway, who voted for Bowie in the poll, said: "Here was a creative genius who understood art and design, looked cool, inspired us and upset the establishment. All these attributes lead to things that drive humankind forward… change."

The poll featured 4,067 votes on the BBC History Magazine website.

The Top 10 best dressed Britons are as follows:

David Bowie
Elizabeth I
Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
George "Beau" Brummell
Queen Alexandra
Anne Messel
Henry III
Ellen Terry
Charles James Fox
Samuel Pepys


Last week (October 10), a new remix of Bowie's 'Love Is Lost' by LCD Soundsystem mainman James Murphy received its first airplay. Stream it now on David Bowie's website.

The track will appear on 'The Next Day Extra', the extended, three-disc version of Bowie's 2013 comeback album 'The Next Day', which is released on November 4.

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