26/03/2013 5:21 PM

The Man Who Fell to Kensington

I, I will be king. And you, you will be queen: London has gone Bowie mad as the Victoria and Albert Museum dusts off the old and throws up the relatively new with the blockbuster, sell-out, all-singing, all-dancing show: “David Bowie is.” From the night last week that Tilda Swinton, who plays the rock legend in his latest music video, arrived at the opening party hosted by Gucci, 300 pieces from his legendary archive, including the costumes (designed with the likes of Kansai Yamamoto and Alexander McQueen), the photos, films, set design, handwritten lyrics and even the star’s own instruments have been fawned over. Five decades of changing style? Check. The Ziggy Stardust bodysuit? Check. Unseen footage of the cultural icon? Check. In the last room giant screens throw up footage of Bowie in legendary performances – and with three versions of ‘Heroes’ available to listen to simultaneously on the audio-guide, it’s a sparkly way to escape the Easter snow…..just for one day.

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Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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