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Brief Published: 20 Mar 2013

David Bowie Is

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After attending the press view of David Bowie Is at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this morning, we bring you the inside take on the exhibition that looks set to be the capital's standout exhibition for the summer.

The exhibition sees an inspiring mix of Bowie’s stage and video costumes sitting alongside the music videos they were worn in, with an entire screening room dedicated to his feature films. Cult classics including Labyrinth, Basquiat and Warhol all feature with original posters, props and memorabilia accompanying the visual content. Personal touches such as original hand-written song lyrics to hits like Starman, music sheets for Space Oddity and rare, early photographs of Bowie make for a unique insight into the making of a modern icon.

Fashion is unsurprisingly an integral part of the showcase, with unique pieces such as the Union Jack jacket and Tyre suit by British designer Alexander McQueen proving particular sartorial highlights. All the mannequins in the exhibition have been given Bowie’s face – a stylistic touch well-executed for an impressive result.

The final room of the journey through Bowie’s fashion and music history offers a moving montage of numerous fashion editorials, covers and catwalk shows that have been inspired by the singer’s style, as well as the Periodic Table of Bowie. This visual conclusion is a fitting reminder of just how influential he has been to fashion and popular culture over the past 50 years – an influence that will no doubt continue to increase in the wake of this major exhibition.

David Bowie Is runs in partnership with Gucci, and is open to the public from March 23 to August 11 2013.

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