BOW TO BOWIE STYLE: V&A’S MUST SEE

Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita.

Ok, so we guess you’ve heard? The V&A is currently showing their most popular and fastest selling show to date. Yes, of course you know. It’s dedicated to the enigmatic and visionary, David Bowie. Us Topshop girls love a good fashion and music exhibition and have been over the moon that more and more established galleries are getting in on the beauty and individuals behind so much amazing art that isn’t classically museum material (Margiela at Somerset House, Alexander McQueen at the MET, Chloe at Palais de Tokyo… need we say more?)

The V&A’s two star curators have sifted through Bowie’s personal archive of over 7,000 bits and pieces – okay, they’re much more important than that, rather signed records, lyrics and costumes – and have put together an extensive and comprehensive exhibition that overloads the senses.

Photography by Brian Duffy.

Whether you love him as the cabaret-performing suit wearing Thin White Duke or as the red-headed alien-like Ziggy Stardust, Bowie was undoubtedly a genius when it came to reinvention and the exhibition follows his many personas with real precision. Marvel at some of his craziest outfits (the red Kansai Yamamoto one above stars) or get a closer look at his creative mind. One of the pieces that tickled us particularly was a ’67 letter from his ex-manager stating, “I have now changed Davie’s name to David Bowie.” We can’t ever imagined the great Bowie known as Davie!

Still from The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Other highlights including an inspiration room that features the likes of Marlene Dietrich and Oscar Wilde as well as sketches he’s personally made for on stage outfits – our favourite is the surreal oversized tuxedo he wore to Saturday Night Live in ’79. There’s a nod to his absurd nature and his focus on pure performance with suggestions to the mime and kabuki he would do on stage as well as his acting career – Labyrinth, anyone?!

Whether Aladdin Sane is your dream Bowie or his starry turn in Sponge Bob Square Pants is your best version, this is an exhibition that’s worth fighting to get a ticket for.

Photo by Frank W Ockenfels.