I have always been a fan of David Bowie. I remember vividly my first encounter, watching The Labyrinth and being captivated and intrigued by King Jareth the goblin king. I was convinced that Toby would have more fun singing “magic dance” and flying than being babysat by his ungrateful sister. I’m sure it was just Bowies charismatic presence.
He is regarded as one of the most influential writers in pop culture and his demographically transcendent music has been the soundtrack to many a childhood and adult life. For over five decades he has been the pioneering pied piper leading us dancing and singing along all the while teaching us that its okay to be different. Hell, it can be even more appealing.
With the surprise release of his recent album “The Next Day”along with the “David Bowie Is” exhibition held within the V&A, we are once again reminded of his aptitude as an entertainer. The exhibition open now until the 11th of August 2013 features original costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, fashion, music videos, set design, artwork and instruments all from his archive brought together for the very first time. It celebrates his many talents, his innovation and his continual reinvention further cementing him as a cult figure of popular culture.
Another temporary shrine to the Thin White Duke is the “David Bowie Is All Yours” pop-up store launching in Selfridges on the 4th of April. As one of the leading international fashion retailers, it seems only logical that Selfridges should celebrate this influential pop culture and fashion icon. Some of his costumes will be on display as well as selected contemporary pieces from brands, like Alexander McQueen, which reflect his unique aesthetic. There will also be other Bowie products available for purchasing.
Regardless of whether you’re as flamboyant as him and will undergo complementary Bowie makeup by Illamasqua, or whether a T-shirt or book would suffice, it’s worth any Bowie fan heading down to see.
Posted by: Emma Pulbrook