THE DESIGNER MINI DAVID BOWIE.
However, what is undisputed is that in 1999 the musician was asked to design a very special Mini for the brand’s 40th anniversary. Other artists and designers were tasked with the same, such as Paul Smith, Kate Moss, Mark Ward and Natasha Caine. Although those cars have some truly creative and eye-catching designs, it’s probably Bowie’s car that is the most radical in its looks.
Bowie basically created a chrome car, wrapping the Mini Cooper in reflective mirror plating. The only parts of the extraordinary car that remained untouched from the chrome wrapping were the rear lights and the tyres. This was because, at least theoretically, the car had to remain drivable. “I wanted to make something that could not be distinguished from its surroundings,” claimed Bowie when asked about his design. “It’s the Emperor’s new clothes,” he stated, and it does certainly play with the Mini’s identity, seeing as the small car was well known for having iconic and vibrant colour schemes. But it is also true that with this look the David Bowie Mini stands out more than any other Mini you could probably think of.
I WANTED TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT COULD NOT BE DISTINGUISHED FROM ITS SURROUNDINGS.
THE MINI ONE-OFF SERIES.
During the 2022 European Championships a number of unique MINI cars can be seen at the Königsplatz in Munich. Whether they were created for movies, noble causes, or designed by celebrities to show the world the many faces of MINI’s personality, we love them all equally.