It’s Official: David Bowie Is A Better Dresser Than Elizabeth I

Bowie bows.

Bowie bows.

Today, I should like to take the person who invented the concept of polls and kiss them full and heartily on both cheeks.

And why? Because their innovation – on a par with the theory of evolution for sheer fight-starting – is responsible for a list, revealed today by BBC History magazine, in which real people from the past duke it out (pun intended) for the honor of being named the best-dressed Briton.

Naturally, David Bowie has won, with 48.5% of the vote. He’s a relatively modern person, with a proven track record in the field of looking astonishing, who also happens to be enjoying a career renaissance, of course he’s going to win. But just look at who else is on the list:

1. David Bowie, musician – 48.5%
2. Elizabeth I, Queen – 13.6%
3. Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire – 9.5%
4. George ‘Beau’ Brummell – 8.4%
5. Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII – 7.1%
6. Anne Messel, society beauty and mother of English photographer Lord Snowdon – 5.3%
7. Henry III, King – 2.5%
8. Ellen Terry, actress – 2.2%
9. Charles James Fox, politician – 1.6%
10. Samuel Pepys, diarist – 1.3%

BBC History’s editor, Rob Attar told the Telegraph: “David Bowie has received many accolades in his glittering career, but surely none of them compare to being voted the best-dressed Briton of all time.

“Bowie had to overcome a king, two queens and a political heavyweight to triumph in our poll, and in doing so has struck a blow for 20th and 21st-century fashions.”

No, I’m not sure what the correct response to a blow of this nature may be either.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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