The new spring exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum examines the fascinating world of David Bowie.

Text: Yiota Dendrinou


Wearing a bodysuit by Kansai Yamamoto for his 1973 Aladdin Sane tour

“David Bowie is” is the title of the retrospective that V&A will host in a few months and, certainly, it makes us wonder about it. Is Bowie a singer, a performer or a style icon? Probably, all of them and, undeniably, a man who has influenced the world of fashion with his stylistic choices.


Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973


V&A curators have chosen 300 items, out of 60.000 of Bowie’s private collection in New York. Among them, there are handwritten lyrics, original costumes, such as bodysuits designed by Kansai Yamamoto and Freddie Burretti, photography, music videos, Bowie’s instruments and album artworks.


Union Jack coat by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with Bowie


“Bowie has played a crucial role in shaping modern society due to his focus on personal self-expression that we, in the west at least, now take as a right”, said one of the curators Geoffrey Marsh. And Bowie is still an ispiration for the people of the fashion industry, as it was proven recently from Jean-Paul Gaultier’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ jumpsuit for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection.


Photo collage of manipulated film stills from The Man who Fell to Earth


Moreover, after 20 years, Bowie returned to UK’s Top Ten with his new single Where Are We Now?


The exhibition will run from 23 March until 28 June 2013.