David Bowie Is – The Boy from Brixton Bedazzling Melbourne

Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997 Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with David Bowie Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3 © Frank W Ockenfels 3 courtesy V & A Museum at London

David Bowie Is, an exhibition featuring the life and art of the boy from Brixton is all set to bedazzle Melbourne on display 16th July – 1 November, 2015 in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image at Federation Square.  A massive hit when it was on show at London in 2013, followed by Paris, Chicago and Berlin, Bowie during the second half of the 20th century, shaped and presented himself as a formative influence on fashion forever. He made his music ‘look how it sounds’ and his original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997 featured a stunning Union Jack coat designed by Alexander McQueen in collaboration with Bowie that was photographed by Frank W Ockenfels, providing a dynamic statement on modern English style breaking down ideas of conservatism forever.

Striped-BodysuitHe created a cult around himself, one that is still today all encompassing. Bowie fans are sure to travel from far and wide in Australia to attend this landmark event in the town where Catherine the Great will also be on show at the same time at the NGV. Bowie the Bedazzler will no doubt gather yet event more fans to himself with some 300 objects on show, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from over five decades. His ‘Tokyo Pop’ vinyl bodysuit was designed by Kansai Yamamoto for his Aladdin Sane tour in 1973 and captured by Photographer Masayoshi Sukita.

David-Bowie2From a fashion angle his suits reveal absolute mastery in tailoring, including the wide-lapelled black suit, white bow tie and black fedora hat that he wore when presenting a Grammy to Aretha Franlin in 1975.

It was during the 70’s when he first took the world by storm first – his was an amazing ability to appear androgynous and it was game-changing, influencing movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture.


His album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973, photographed by Brian Duffy, is an iconic image and the exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime experience only in Melbourne for a strictly limited season.

There will be Bowie Late Nights | Education Program | Short Talk Sessions | Curator Talks…. and much more…

david-bowie-fashion04Fashion icon and modern dandy David Bowie with his innate understanding of how to present himself and his body from his Colman’s-coloured suits to his Starman leotards is still a formative influence on contemporary fashion, particularly on the current designer for YSL at Paris, Hedi Slimane. As there is only limited capacity and there are no extensions possible you can avoid the queues and book Online. David Bowie Is, ACMI, Federation Square Melbourne 16th July – 1st November, 2015 | BOOKINGS


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