The David Bowie Is exhibition, at the V&A from March 23 to July 28, is one of London's biggest cultural events in 2013 for art, design and music fans alike. It features more than 300 kaleidoscopic artifacts from The David Bowie Archive, tracing his pioneering style and reinvention across five decades.

On display in the exhibition, curated by the V&A's Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, are more than 60 of the musician's stunning stage costumes, impressive set designs, music videos and album artworks, plus more personal items like handwritten lyrics and instruments.


Highlights include the Freddie Burretti-designed jumpsuit from Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era, which he teamed with flame-orange hair, make-up and red patent boots, Natasha Korniloff's Pierrot costume, designed for the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album and Ashes to Ashes music video, and a set model for Bowie's 1974 Diamond Dogs tour designed by Jules Fisher and Mark Ravitz.

The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie's collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film and is supported by a series of talks, workshops, performances and late-night openings.

David Bowie Is runs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL, from March 23-July 28. vam.ac.uk.

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