David Bowie is

Get a frontstage and backstage look at Bowie's legendary personas – from Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the Thin White Duke to the elder statesman of today.

The fruits of an unprecedented free reign to romp in the David Bowie archives, this show brings together the iconic costumes, instruments, album sleeve artwork and the rest with more private matter: Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and handwritten set lists. It explores the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.

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Highlights include Freddie Burretti’s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; and official track videos and recordings of live performances. Visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979); music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983) and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974).

There will also be material related to Bowie's recent, unannounced return to the charts: the artwork for the cover of the new album The Next Day, will make an appearance, as will the dolorous mannequins from the video for the single Where Are We Now?

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass - £7 (standard entry £14)

Open daily, 10am – 5.45pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm

You can no longer book tickets online or via the phone, however 450 tickets are available to pre-book on the door.

What the critics say


So now we know who Bowie is – either King Arthur or David Beckham, depending on your taste or the urgency of your spiritual need. We get the god, like the government, that we deserve.


Unlike the big British pop acts of the Sixties, Bowie was more a performer than a singer, drawing on influences as broad as Surrealism, mime, Brecht, cabaret, kabuki, and Gilbert & George’s “living sculptures”