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First Look: Costumes from the V&A Museum's David Bowie retrospective

The “David Bowie is” retrospective opens at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum this Saturday, and among the most visually impressive artifacts are more than 60 of the music icon’s stage-worn costumes. The ensembles — which have been preserved in climate-controlled conditions under the care of archivist Sandy Hirshkowitz — represent Bowie’s collaborations with fashion designers like Kansai Yamamoto, Alexander McQueen, and Ola Hudson (mother of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash) to create wardrobes for his fictionalised stage personas .

The exhibit, which also includes Bowie’s own costume sketches, set designs, and album artwork, is sponsored by Gucci. “David Bowie is… one of my greatest inspirations. His individuality, originality and authenticity have been defining. Through his creative genius his influence on music, fashion, art and popular culture over decades has been immeasurable and will continue to be for decades to come,” Gucci creative director Frida Giannini said in a statement.

Click on to see some of the costume highlights from the V&A Museum’s “David Bowie is” retrospective.  READ FULL STORY

Tilda Swinton to impersonate David Bowie?

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London’s Victoria & Albert Museum will celebrate the opening of the “David Bowie Is” retrospective tomorrow night, but rather than making an appearance, it’s rumored that the guest of honor will send his Oscar-winning doppelgänger.

Though reps for the museum won’t comment, Women’s Wear Daily reports that “industry sources” say Tilda Swinton “will be impersonating Bowie in his absence.” Swinton, who plays Bowie’s wife in the video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” bears a striking resemblance to the androgynous musician.

The V&A exhibit — which includes personal artifacts like instruments, diaries, album art, and costumes — looks back at Bowie’s life and career. Among those expected to attend the opening night party are Kate Moss, Bill Nighy, and fashion designers Erdem Moralioglu and Christopher Kane.

Watch Swinton in the video for Bowie’s “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” after the jump.  READ FULL STORY

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