British legend: David Bowie at the V&A

The hottest ticket in town is to a museum exhibition, as Britain goes bonkers for David Bowie

© Helena Martins

If there were any doubts as to his status as a British icon, the new exhibition at London’s V&A Museum, dedicated entirely to David Bowie, will put paid to them for good.

Union Jack coat by Alexander McQueen © Helena Martins

The outrageous outfits that were worn by the music legend throughout his career – even before he was famous – are displayed in David Bowie is, the fastest selling show the V&A has ever staged. Alongside the clothes are videos and photographs, and there’s plenty of texts that signify Bowie’s ethos, like “The clever thing was to break the rules and stay alive at the same time”  from George Orwell’s 1984.

From the days of his flamboyant alter-ego Ziggy Stardust to visuals from his new album, The Next Day, there are are more than 300 objects on display and the sheer volume of exhibits – the V&A had complete access to the David Bowie Archive – show how this former Bromley boy is much more than a rock star. Bowie once worked for an advertising agency in Soho and there are plenty of story-boards detailing his vision for how he wanted to look and sound, as well as notepads of his lyrics and drawings of ideas for album covers.

David Bowie is will be at the V&A Museum until 11 August 2013 and is simply not to be missed. Our pick of exhibits is the Union Jack coat that was designed for Bowie by the late British designer, Alexander McQueen. What’s yours? Tweet @BritainMagazine and let us know.

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