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.
Quilted jumpsuit worn on the Ziggy Stardusttour.
Floor-to-ceiling screens of Bowie performing.
Union Jack costume, worn for the Earthling album cover, created by Alexander McQueen.
A daring outfit worn for a Saturday Night Live performance.
Bowie’s favourite books are suspended from the ceiling.
Two of Bowie’s inspirations, Oscar Wilde and Marlene Dietrich.
A tissue covered in Bowie’s lipstick.
The inspiration behind Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust hairstyle.
A knitted, asymmetric stage costume.
Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour.
See who attended the exhibition private view at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.
Tilda Swinton wore Haider Ackermann wide-leg tweed checked trousers with a printed silk shirt and blazer
Laura Bailey wore a Gucci white and pale blue pinstripe floral dress from the pre-spring/summer 2013 collection, with a cream cardigan.
Rosario Dawson wore a checked tailored coat teamed with skinny black jeans, patent heels and a dove grey scarf to the private view.
Edie Campbell wore top-to-toe Gucci
Erdem Moralioglu wore a midnight blue double-breasted coat with jeans and laced brogues.
Christopher Kane wore washed black rolled-hem jeans with a printed shirt, a round-neck grey jumper and a black blazer.
Haider Ackermann arrived at the V&A with friends Sandro Kopp and Tilda Swinton.