- Words Laviea Thomas
London’s Victoria and Albert Museum have announced a new David Bowie exhibition, with archives of unseen handwritten letters, photos and more.
The V&A museum recently announced that they’re launching a brand-new installation with exclusive archives of the late David Bowie. With a selection of unseen stage designs, music awards, clothes and lots more added to the collection, visitors can celebrate the vibrant and memorable legacy of the late musician with a selection of over 80,000 items.
Situated at their new east London venue, V&A East Storehouse is set to open its doors next year, with the David Bowie exhibition officially launching in 2025. In alignment with this announcement, organisers note: “The archive traces Bowie’s creative processes as a musical innovator, cultural icon, and advocate for self-expression and reinvention from his early career in the 1960s to his death in 2016. Alongside the creation of the new centre, the gift will support the ongoing conservation, research, and study of the archive”.
Remembered for his eloquent grace, style and infectious charisma, stand-out pieces in the archive include Bowie’s stylophone he played on his single “Space Oddity”, and his iconic Union Jack coat designed by himself and Alexander McQueen.