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Sneak Peek: Inside the V&A’s David Bowie is Launch

David Bowie is a pioneering artist known for radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style, with a career that’s spanned almost 50 years. His work has continuously exemplified that he is a creative force ahead of his time. He first burst onto the scene with his début Space Oddity that coincided with the first-ever moon landing, and throughout his career he’s managed to achieve a persistent changing style and sustained reinvention, which has rendered him a cultural icon.

Now, 10 years since he last released any music, he’s back on the scene — and with a comeback to beat all comebacks, his new album has gone straight in at number one! Plus, London’s legendary Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum is holding a special exhibition, David Bowie is in his honour, which has experienced the fastest selling tickets in the museum’s history.

It’s the first time that anybody has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive, which includes his famous stage costumes and even hand written diary and song lyrics. The entire exhibition has been curated solely by the V&A, which has chosen the focal points to guide visitors through their interpretation of the icon’s career. In what’s being dubbed as an anti PR move surrounding Bowie’s album, he didn’t attend the preview launch… but we did! The exhibition isn’t open to the public until this Saturday, so until then, take a look at the legend’s most memorable costumes that we photographed at the launch.

Images: Samantha Robinson