A British legend who changed the face of music and fashion in the Seventies, David Bowie’s impact still resonates as much today as it did forty years ago. So who better to star as the subject of a major exhibition at London’s V&A museum?
‘David Bowie is’, the world’s first retrospective of the musician, artist and cultural icon, hosted in association with Italian fashion house Gucci, promises to be a must-see for any fan of Bowie’s enduring music and fashion legacy, and will no doubt bring his influence and inspiration to the attention of a whole new generation.
Granted unprecedented access to the David Bowie, the show will feature over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. The show will open to the public on March 23 next year.
“David Bowie is a true icon, more relevant to popular culture now than ever”, explains Martin Roth, director of the V&A in a statement. “His radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style still resound today in design and visual culture and he continues to inspire artists and designers throughout the world.”
Expect to see more than 60 costumes including iconic Ziggy Stardust bodysuits designed by Freddie Burretti in 1972, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the 1973 Aladdin Sane tour, and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the Earthling album cover in 1997.
Also on show will be photography by Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill and Masayoshi Sukita; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth and Saturday Night Live ; music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and Let’s Dance and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs Tour.
“David Bowie is… one of my greatest inspirations”, said Gucci creative director, Frida Giannini. “His individuality, originality and authenticity have been defining. Through his creative genius his influence on music, fashion, art and popular culture over decades has been immeasurable and will continue to be for decades to come.”
The show will conclude with a display of performance and fashion photography from the likes of Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts.