David Bowie is…a legend of course!

For many years David Bowie has become a music idol and fashion icon to many people.

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane. Design by Brian Duffy and Celia Philo, make up by Pierre La Roche. 1973. Photography by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive

The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington are playing host to a unique and rare exhibition, ‘David Bowie is’ (#DavidBowieis) which reveals an insight into his successful career and uncovers the true face behind the name.

Born David Robert James on born 8 January 1947, Bowie is a talented musician, actor and record producer. He first captured the attention of the public in 1969, with his song ‘Space Oddity’ which reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. Then after experimenting for three years Bowie re-appeared in 1972 as flamboyant alter ego, Ziggy Stardust and released his hit single ‘Starman’.

With the success of his ‘Ziggy Stardust’ persona, Bowie found a way to continuously reinvent himself as a wide array of personas, which created the biggest cult in popular culture. His striking visual image and musical innovation has continued to make Bowie a success, and to this day he still remains an iconic music legend.

David Bowie is takes you on a crazy but mesmerising tour through Bowie’s life as he’s continued to climb the ladder to becoming a timeless and memorable legend. The audio headset that you are handed on entering the exhibition immerses you into a world never explored by the general public before.

This gem of an exhibition is visual in every way possible. You’ll get a first hand experience of Bowie’s life and climb to stardom. I loved the way that whenever I walked into a new area, my headset automatically switched to a new soundtrack/recording for whatever was showing.

David Bowie is
David Bowie is. 23 March – 11 Aug 2013. (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Special terms

Created in partnership with Gucci and Sennheiser, David Bowie is features more than 300 unique objects, including original costumes, photography, handwritten lyrics, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s instruments and props and posters of many of the films he’s featured in.

“I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.” David Bowie

My highlights of the exhibition were:

An area covered in large screens, showing Bowie performing at Live Aid in 1985. It allows you to experience first hand the breathtaking and adrenalised show from Bowie’s perspective.

Bowie’s props from the legendary film, Labyrinth. As a child I was mesmerised by Bowie’s role as Jareth the goblin king and his enchanting presence. It was amazing to see the actual staff he used in the film; to this day I’ve always wanted to get myself one.

The David Bowie is Exhibition not only shares some of the mind blowing experiences that Bowie has had but is also a positive reminder that he is a very complex individual who has inspired many.

The Archer Station to Station tour 1976
The Archer Station to Station tour. Photograph by John Rowlands. 1976. © John Robert Rowlands. Special terms

Bowie still continues to make music that leaves an imprint on any one who listens to it. After ten years of silence, Bowie’s new album, released this month, has sparked global response. His latest album, The Next Day is available now on iTunes.

David Bowie is will be on at the V&AMuseum until 11 August 2013. This is a once in a lifetime exhibition that you’ll regret missing out on. Book your tickets now on the Love Theatre website.

Check ‘Valentine’s Day’ off of Bowie’s new album, The Next Day

Words by Michelle Stannard

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