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Brief Published: 6 Sep 2012

David Bowie at the V&A


London’s Victoria and Albert museum is already whetting the appetites of design-hungry fans with the announcement of its blockbuster Spring 2013 exhibition dedicated to British music, fashion and film icon David Bowie.

As the first international retrospective of his career, David Bowie Is will explore the artist’s creative processes as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and continued reinvention across five decades.

It also includes access to the David Bowie archive. In collaboration with the artist himself, the V&A has accumulated more than 300 objects that tell his unique story, alongside original film footage, music and personal memorabilia.

The fashion arm of this exhibition will be particularly strong, featuring 60 designs including Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972), designed by Freddie Burretti. We expect the exhibition design itself to be awe-inspiring as the V&A chose to collaborate with 59 Productions – the studio behind the video design featured in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony.

David Bowie Is runs from March 23 to July 28 2013, and is sponsored by luxury Italian fashion brand Gucci, whose designs have often been inspired by Bowie and his exuberant aesthetic.

Visit our new fashion concept Supergloss which is inspired by 1970s style and culture. Supergloss celebrates Halston, the Jagger wives and Studio 54 - where the sounds of David Bowie and Donna Summer set the soundtrack for a super sexy fashion phenomenon.