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One month left to see the V&A's David Bowie exhibition

5th July 2013

There's little doubt that David Bowie is a musical icon, but the sphere of his influence extends well beyond the pop charts. The star's flamboyant costumes, lucid lyrics and eccentric music videos have left an indelible mark throughout the contemporary art world - making him the perfect subject for the Victoria and Albert Museum's summer exhibition.

Unfortunately, 'David Bowie is' wraps up on August 11th. Fans of the artist, therefore, have just over a month left to book hotel accommodation in London and head down to the V&A for this landmark retrospective.

The exhibition explores how Bowie was able to reinvent himself through the 1970s and beyond, consistently staying one step ahead of trends like glam rock, punk and new wave. It incorporates over 300 items in total, including a considerable part of the singer's extensive wardrobe - fans will come face to face with Ziggy Stardust's resplendent stage-wear alongside the uncanny costumes Bowie donned in videos like Ashes to Ashes.

Other exhibits include handwritten lyrics and sketches, storyboards for music videos and set designs for a mooted Diamond Dogs stage production, showcasing the dedication Bowie has reliably shown every aspect of his craft.

David Bowie is has been phenomenally successful, so would-be visitors are advised to purchase their tickets in advance. These cost £15.50 for adults, with a discounted rate of £9 available for concessions. Under-12s get in for free.

Those who can't make the trip, however, shouldn't despair. By way of finale before the exhibition closes and commences touring internationally, a film entitled 'David Bowie is happening now' will be screened at over 200 cinemas across the UK. Directed by BAFTA winner Hamish Hamilton, it explores the V&A show's contents with the collaboration of special guests close to Bowie.

The V&A should prove easy to reach from most locations in central London, being a stone's throw from Hyde Park. The closest London Underground station is South Kensington, which is accessible on the Piccadilly, Circle and District lines.


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