David Bowie Is at the V&A Museum

Kansai Yamamoto

David Bowie is mostly known for his eccentric looks, for which he became wildly popular from the sixties. He’s not just an ordinary musician; he’s an icon and a legend. That was exactly the thought of the Victoria and Albert museum in London, which led to the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie; “David Bowie Is’. The exhibition will feature more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film.

One of the most iconic costumes on view at this exhibition is the one shown on the picture, by Kansai Yamamoto. This is a striped bodysuit designed for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane tour in 1973. The Famous team has always been a fan of Yamamoto’s designs, as well as Bowie himself. He said, “Now of course he’s an international designer, but he was very experimental at that time – his stuff was way off the board. So the very first things were influenced by him, and then I got to know him, and he made all the stuff you really know – the suits, the pull-apart stuff, all those things. He said, “Oh, this band are weird – tee-hee-hee – they wear my clothes” – Bowie (1987)

This exhibition is on view until 11th of August 2013. The Famous Team has had the pleasure to visit the exhibition today, and can wholeheartedly recommend the exhibition!