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The Victoria and Albert Museum’s highly-anticipated David Bowie exhibition opens on Saturday. It is the V&A’s fastest-selling showcase in history, with nearly 48,000 visitors having already booked tickets.

The show includes glimpses at Bowie’s wide range of influences, from British musical theater to Berlin cabaret; from German Expressionism to Japanese Kabuki; from surrealism to Andy Warhol.

Bowie gave curators access to his personal archive, although he was not directly involved in planning the show. The 300 items on display include film clips, photographs, handwritten lyrics, storyboards for videos and drawings of costumes and sets.

“David Bowie Is” runs at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum until Aug. 11, and at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from January to April 2014.

3-20-2013 11-35-32 AM Quilted jumpsuit worn on the Ziggy Stardusttour.

3-20-2013 11-37-18 AM3-20-2013 11-30-50 AM3-20-2013 11-31-14 AMFloor-to-ceiling screens of Bowie performing.

3-20-2013 11-31-42 AMUnion Jack costume, worn for the Earthling album cover, created by Alexander McQueen.

3-20-2013 11-32-01 AMStage costumes

3-20-2013 11-32-13 AMA daring outfit worn for a Saturday Night Live performance.

3-20-2013 11-32-28 AMBowie’s favourite books are suspended from the ceiling.

3-20-2013 11-32-42 AM3-20-2013 11-33-08 AMTwo of Bowie’s inspirations, Oscar Wilde and Marlene Dietrich.

3-20-2013 11-33-20 AMA tissue covered in Bowie’s lipstick.

3-20-2013 11-33-42 AMThe inspiration behind Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust hairstyle.

3-20-2013 11-33-55 AM3-20-2013 11-35-17 AMA knitted, asymmetric stage costume. 

3-20-2013 11-34-43 AM3-20-2013 11-34-59 AM3-20-2013 11-34-07 AMStriped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour.

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See who attended the exhibition private view at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

3-21-2013 11-14-40 AM Tilda Swinton wore Haider Ackermann wide-leg tweed checked trousers with a printed silk shirt and blazer

3-21-2013 11-15-04 AMLaura Bailey wore a Gucci white and pale blue pinstripe floral dress from the pre-spring/summer 2013 collection, with a cream cardigan.

3-21-2013 11-15-24 AMRosario Dawson wore a checked tailored coat teamed with skinny black jeans, patent heels and a dove grey scarf to the private view.

3-21-2013 11-15-42 AMEdie Campbell wore top-to-toe Gucci

3-21-2013 11-16-40 AMErdem Moralioglu wore a midnight blue double-breasted coat with jeans and laced brogues.

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Christopher Kane wore washed black rolled-hem jeans with a printed shirt, a round-neck grey jumper and a black blazer. 

3-21-2013 11-16-10 AMHaider Ackermann arrived at the V&A with friends Sandro Kopp and Tilda Swinton.

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