David Bowie Is: 23 March 2013 – 28 July 2013

Fans of rock legend David Bowie will be pleased to learn that the V&A Museum are holding a retrospective exhibition next year, to celebrate the career of the British singer. The exhibition, entitled David Bowie Is, will run from 23 March 2013 to 28 July 2013 and it set to be a must see for all Bowie fans. Exhibits shown will include iconic costumes, taken from his various alter egos, previously unseen photographs, album covers, set designs, along with the 65-year-old star’s own instruments.

Having secured unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive means that the V&A museum will be able to explore Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon. With more than 60 stage costumes on display, you can expect to see the original Ziggy Stardust bodysuits from 1972 and outfits designed for his Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke characters.

The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. There will also be works from photographers such as Herb Ritts, Helmut Lang, Brian Duffy and Terry O’Neill. The exhibition will aim to showcase Bowie’s early forays into music, tracing his first musical steps as David Robert Jones, before he officially became David Bowie in 1965.

It will look at his contributions to the band The Kon-Rads, and feature his first major chart success of Space Oddity, which touched the world’s imagination as the first moon landings were taking place in 1969. There will be previously unseen tour footage, set designs and storyboards from the over the top production of the 1974 Diamond Dogs tour, and if that wasn’t enough, you’ll get the chance to see more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

V&A director, Martin Roth, says of the exhibition, “David Bowie is a true icon, more relevant to popular culture now than eve. His radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style still resound today in design and visual culture and he continues to inspire artists and designers throughout the world.”

However, the singer himself has had no input into this exhibition and last week he released this statement denying he had been involved in curating the event: “Contrary to recently published reports relating to the announcement by the V&A of an upcoming David Bowie Exhibition, I am not a co-curator and did not participate in any decisions relating to the exhibition. He added, “The David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the V&A and [the] museum’s curators have made all curatorial and design choices. A close friend of mine tells me that I am neither ‘devastated’, ‘heartbroken’ nor ‘uncontrollably furious’ by this news item.”

To book your David Bowie Is tickets visit lovetheatre.com.

Pictures Credit: David Bowie Archive