David Bowie is...
Two years after his death, Ziggy Stardust is headed to New York. David Bowie is — an exhibit organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum that examines David Bowie’s creative process and celebrates his life, his art, and his many personal reinventions — will conclude its five-year world tour at the Brooklyn Museum in 2018. The exhibit’s approximately 400 objects, taken mostly from the David Bowie Archive, include the artist’s original costumes, pages of handwritten lyrics, album art, photographs, and videos. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Nov. 15, for the critically acclaimed exhibit’s final bow in Brooklyn; check out 15 of its dazzling artifacts ahead.
Bowie wore this elaborate costume, designed by Kansai Yamamoto and photographed here by Masayoshi Sukita, touring his album Aladdin Sane in 1973.
A teenage Bowie poses for a publicity photograph, taken by Roy Ainsworth in 1963, as part of his band the Konrads.
These cut-up handwritten lyrics come from the Heroes track “Blackout.”
Stage Set Model
This plan models the set design, by Jules Fisher and Mark Ravitz, for 1974’s Diamond Dogs Tour.
This page of handwritten verse bears the original lyrics to 1972’s “Ziggy Stardust.”
Cover Art Photograph
The original photography for 1997’s Earthling album art, taken by Frank W. Ockenfels 3, depicts Bowie in the iconic Union Jack coat made for him by Alexander McQueen.
This photograph, of Bowie with William Burroughs in 1974, was taken by Terry O’Neill and colored by the Starman himself.
When Masayoshi Sukita took this photo in 1973, 10 years before “Let’s Dance,” Bowie was already putting on his red shoes to dance the blues.
Bowie made this print after a self-portrait in 1978.
Terry O’Neill took this Diamond Dogs promotional photograph of Bowie in 1974.
This instrument comes from Bowie’s “Space Oddity” era, 1969.
Kansai Yamamoto designed this asymmetrical bodysuit for Bowie in 1973, when he toured Aladdin Sane.
Ice Blue Suit
This arresting ensemble was designed by Freddie Burretti in 1972 for Bowie’s “Life on Mars?” music video.
Freddie Burretti designed this vivid two-piece suit in 1972 for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust Tour.
This iconic photograph, “The Archer,” was taken by legendary rock photographer John Rowlands in 1976, when Bowie was touring Station to Station.