Inside the ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition at the V&A Museum



Who is David Bowie to you? Is he Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane. Is he the original Starman or the Thin White Duke? For me he’s ‘Modern Love’ from Let’s dance, back in the 80s when my brother played the CD over and over again and we all sang along...



Everyone seems to have a David Bowie moment they’re connected to. Walking around the 'David Bowie is' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum you can see why. He’s the original chameleon. Able to connect with generation after generation. Androgynous, outrageous and, in his own words, that’s what he wanted to be.



Tickets for the exhibition (all 50,000 of them) sold in record time as the V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive. This first international retrospective looks at the career of David Bowie and explores the journey he took to become the cultural icon that he is today. His style changed as quickly as his hits reached Top of the Pops and his fans loved him all the more for it.



With more than 300 artifacts including handwritten songs, incredible costumes, photos, film clips, album sleeve artwork and set designs as well as instruments, there really is alot to see. The bodysuits and soaring high platform boots are fascinating and we seriously don’t know how he walked in that Aladdin Sane bodysuit, let alone how he performed in it.



The highlight of the exhibition is in one of the last rooms. Here you'll arrive into a really tall space with mannequins dressed in David Bowie costumes all around and behind mesh video screens. The huge screens on all four of the walls each show a different performance of the same song. There are seats all around and everyone just watches and sings along in this almost intimate gig.



[Pictured credits: V&A]

The David Bowie is exhibition is on now until 11 August 2013. We spoke to the V&A who told us that although the online tickets to David Bowie is are sold out, there are a number of limited number of tickets available to buy each day at the door. So they recommend getting there early. Doors for the V&A open at 10am. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did...

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