Glam Rock “David Bowie Is…” Exhibit Opens Today at Brooklyn Museum

In What's New, Industry News by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

David Bowie, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita/The David Bowie Archive

Two words: Bowie and Brooklyn. Need we say more? The fashion world mourned when David Bowie passed away, but his glam rock legacy unleashed a treasure trove of glitter, colored metallics, stars and stripes that hasn’t even begun to peak.

Lucky for us, after its world tour that began at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the “David Bowie is” exhibition is finally here, opening at the Brooklyn Museum today, and running through July 15, 2018.

David Bowie Is

Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997. Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997. Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3. © Frank W Ockenfels 3.

Look how much it’s already influenced fashion and accessories. Below, a page from our August issue, pushing last year’s Holiday trends.

“Since David Bowie is left the V&A, London in August 2013, nearly 1.8 million visitors have flocked to see the exhibition as it has travelled around the world, a testament to Bowie’s depth, breadth and worldwide reach and the public’s interest in the processes of creation behind such a uniquely influential performer,”  says Victoria Broackes, Curator, V&A. “Bowie himself left England in 1974 to eventually settle in America, so we could not be more delighted that the final leg of the tour brings the show back to New York, where Bowie made his home.”

The exhibition will explore Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in fashion, sound, graphics, theater, art and film. On display are more than 60 stage costumes including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973), and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the EART HL I NG album cover (1997).

Bowie’s style might’ve been about glam rock, but he was also about gender fluidity, also very much on display in pop culture in 2017. The show promises an early look at unconventional male/female gender norms, all interpreted in fashion as well.

Asymmetric knitted bodysuit, 1973. Designed by Kansai Yamamoto for the Aladdin Sane tour. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum

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