David Bowie is…/

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane 1973 /Photograph by Brian Duffy /Duffy Archive

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane 1973 /Photograph by Brian Duffy /Duffy Archive

David Bowie is a lot of things, but most recently he’s the subject of an unprecedented (and Gucci-sponsored) exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Spring 2013. David Bowie is (yes, that’s what it’s called) will be the first exhibition to gain access to Bowie’s archive and the first international retrospective of Bowie’s career. The exhibition will “explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.”

David Bowie and William Burroughs 1974
Photograph by Terry O’Neill /Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012

Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973  Design by Kansai Yamamoto  Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita /Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012

Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973
Design by Kansai Yamamoto
Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita /Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012

There were rumours that Bowie himself would curate, but alas, he denied the reports on Facebook last week. It’s up to the V&A team to arrange the 300-plus items included in the exhibition. Amongst the articles exhibited will be astounding objects like Ziggy Stardust’s bodysuits, diary entries and photographs by likes of Helmut Newton, Terry O’Neill and John Rowlands. These will be arranged thematically, covering everything ‘Bowie’ from his Brixton beginnings to his lavish ‘Diamond Dogs’ tour.

Original photography for the Earthling album cover 1997 /Frank W Ockenfels 3

Original photography for the Earthling album cover 1997 /Frank W Ockenfels 3

David Bowie is will open at the V&A on 23rd March 2013 and run until the last week of July. For more information visit http://www.vam.ac.uk

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