London’s Victoria & Albert Museum will be hosting an exclusive retrospective on the legendary glam rock artist David Bowie, entitled David Bowie Is, with over 300 never-before-seen pieces that will trace his life and legendary career through a selection of handwritten lyrics, costumes, photographs, film, instruments and artwork. Curated by the V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, the exhibition will look at Bowie’s extensive career in terms of his influence as a performer, a style icon and a musical innovator, exploring not only his own musical work but his collaborative efforts with fashion designers, theatre performers, filmmakers and artists; among other pieces, the exhibit will showcase Bowie’s famed 1972 Ziggy Stardust bodysuit designed by Freddie Burretti, album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell, and video clips from his most iconic performances.
David Bowie’s influence on fashion over the decades is unrivaled, with designers likes Dries Van Noten and Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver interpreting Bowie’s ineffable persona for their Fall 11 collections. Recently, Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane articulated a subtle Bowie influence in his rebellious, rocker-fixated Spring 13 collection, the lookbook for which we showcased late in 2012. Raf Simons' Fall 13 menswear collection also projected a Bowie allure as Simons sent colorful, patterned, 70s-inspired looks down the runway in show soundtracked by Bowie's Modern Love.