'David Bowie Is'

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大回顧展「DAVID BOWIE is」
Striped bodysuit for the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Design by Kansai Yamamoto. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita© Sukita / The David Bowie Archive

Ziggy Stardust, the Thin White Duke, Major Tom...David Bowie was known by many names during a career that spanned half a century and cemented his status as both an unstoppable musical innovator and a 20th-century pop-cultural presence unlike, well, any other. This feverishly awaited collection, culled by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, gathers more than 300 pretty things including costumes, photographs, videos and other rare ephemera that demonstrate Bowie's towering influence over his time. You'll see 'Ziggy Stardust'-era bodysuits, set designs for the 'Diamond Dogs' tour, sketches, scores and diary entries, plus plenty of Japan-only paraphernalia – from Kansai Yamamoto costumes to video interviews with Takeshi Kitano and Ryuichi Sakamoto, who worked with Bowie on Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence. Advance tickets for the show are available now.


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Event website: http://davidbowieis.jp/

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Whoever you are, DO NOT MISS this exhibition. I was totally and utterly blown away. A visual and sound masterpiece bringing alive much of what this extraordinary man did in his life - there's letters, original songs written on paper, clothes, videos, pictures, paintings and lots more to feast your eyes on. I have never been to anything like this ever. The V&A have simply done an astounding job. They also cleverly only allow a certain number in at a time so everything can easily be enjoyed without the usual masses of people crowding into every last square inch of any available space. One huge tip is to make sure you are not going to be in need of any toilet facilities in the 2 hours you will be in there. The space has no toilet, and if you need to use one, you have to leave and they won't let you back in. The headsets are included in the price, but the commentary and other stuff is in English only.