Friday, 22 March 2013

The Opening of David Bowie is @ the V & A! Xx

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Professor Martin Roth and the Trustees of the V and A 
invited guests for a private viewing of the
 first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie 
- one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.
 David Bowie is
 explores the creative processes of Bowie
 as a musical innovator and cultural icon, 
tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention 
across five decades, and opens to the public 23 March.

Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. 
Photograph by Brian Duffy © Duffy Archive
 Co-Curators Victoria Broackes (L) and Geoffrey Marsh (above)
curators of the exhibition 
walked the Ziggy orange carpet 
and were joined by influential names in the music, 
fashion and film industry including 
Bill Nighy, Tracey Emin, Tilda Swinton Otis Ferry, Edie Campbell
 and Noel Gallagher.
Otis Ferry, Edie Campbell (in Gucci)

After entering via the Grand Entrance, guests gathered
 in the Dome and were given the option of vodka cocktails 
or Heineken and ate canapés provided by Last Supper.
Tilda Swinton (in Haider Ackermann)

Guests took the opportunity to view the exhibition 
which presents more than 300 objects from the David Bowie archive 
including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, 
photography by Brian Duffy and Mick Rock; album sleeve artwork by 
Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films 
Sarah Macdonald and Noel Gallagher

and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, 
music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging 
and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). 
Alongside these will be more personal items 
such as never-before-seen storyboards, 
handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s 
own sketches, musical scores and diary entries,
 revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.
Also original costumes, 
fashion, photography, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.
 Bill Nighy

Everything is brought to life by an immersive sound 
and video experience of the inimitable artist’s performances.

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DJ Jerry Bouthier welcomed guests with 
a David Bowie inspired DJ set. 
Once all guests arrived, 2manydjs’ 
David and Stephen Dewaele from Soulwax 
took over and continued the Bowie theme with a selection
 of tracks from various albums, including some 
from Bowie’s new album, The Next Day. 
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Martin Roth, Director of the V and A, said:
 "David Bowie is a true icon, more relevant to popular culture now than ever. 
His radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style 
still resound today in design and visual culture and he 
continues to inspire artists and designers throughout the world. 
We are thrilled to be presenting the first ever exhibition 
drawn from the David Bowie Archive."
Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, said:

 "David Bowie is... one of my greatest inspirations. 
His individuality, originality and authenticity have been defining.
 Through his creative genius his influence on music, fashion, 
art and popular culture over decades has been immeasurable 
and will continue to be for decades to come."
Robbie Furze, Mick Rock and Mary Charteris
with their Sennheiser headphones
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All of the DJs wore Sennheiser headphones for their sets.
Between DJ sets Martin Roth, VandA Director and Tracey Emin
 celebrated the opening of the exhibition with speeches.

Cars provided by Audi 

Tracy Emin

 Arlissa in Gucci

 Kaya Scodelario in Gucci
Kyla la Grange 
 Vanessa Kirby in Gucci

Gucci SS13

Otis Ferry and Edie Campbell

Tara Ferry in Gucci
We love his one black, one white Gucci Loafers
with electric blue Gucci Suit.
Mr Hudson in Gucci Suit

 Pixie Geldof in Shocking Pink Gucci

  Laura Bailey in Gucci

 Leah Wood in Gucci

The Gucci Shirt that Leah wore from SS13 Collection

 Tiphaine de Lussy, Dinos Chapman in Gucci

 Nick Grimshaw in Gucci
Great Pink Hair! Xx

 Douglas Booth in Gucci
Caroline Seiber looking gorgeous in Christopher Kane AW13/14
Christopher Kane AW13/14
Check our Post:
Christopher Kane.

Kane showed his first show as part of PPR for AW13/14, which from 18 June 
will be known as 'Kering'
a company 'Empowering Imagination'
with it's logo being an owl with a heartshaped head, 
depicting 'loving, caring wisdom' no doubt.
Aswell as Gucci who supports the David Bowie is show and Christopher Kane, the company's brands include:
 Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, 
Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Boucheron and Puma among others.
Francois Henri Pinault Chairman and CEO of PPR
AKA Kering from 18 June 2013

 Tilda Swinton in Haider Ackermann
Haider Ackermann AW13/14
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 Haider Ackermann, Jefferson Hack and Tilda Swinton

Haider Ackermann and Bella Freud

Katy England, Bella Freud, Bobby Gillespie, Alistair Mackie 
Erdem Moralioglu 

Check our Post for his SS13 Show:
and for his AW13/14 show:

Biba's creator : Barbara Hulanicki  

Kansai Yamamoto, designer of Bowie's
famed Striped Bodysuit and exhibition curator Victoria Broackes 
David Walliams and Lara Stone

Gentleman Photographer: Nick Knight 

Lauren Barber and Gary Kemp 
 Richard Nicoll
Check our Post for his SS13 Show:
and for his AW13/14 show:

Mary Charteris 

 Trevor Nunn

Suzy Menkes
 Paul Simonon and Serena Rees


 David Gandy

 Alex Zane
 Sai Bennett, Craig Roberts

Tracy Emin

Fred Frairbrass (Right Said Fred) 
Check out Right Said Fred's video from way back
 Steve Strange
 Alex Zane
 Marc Almond
Erin Morris and  Julien Macdonald

Sarah Macdonald and Noel Gallagher 

Kevin Rowland; Brix Smith-Start 
Brix Smith-Start 

Dan Gillespie Sells
La Roux 
Annie Nightingale 
 Holly Johnson

 Matt Smith

Rosario Dawson

 Oliver Cheshire
 Betty Jackson

 Jade Parfitt and Patrick Grant
Duggie Fields and Pam Hogg 

 Laura Carmichael

Pictures above: Dave Bennett for Getty

Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour 1973
Design by Kansai Yamamoto
Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita
© Sukita The David Bowie Archive 2012
Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads
Photograph by Roy Ainsworth
Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012
Image © V&A Images

Photo collage of manipulated film stills
 from The Man Who Fell to Earth
Image © V&A Images

David Bowie and William Burroughs
Photograph by Terry O’Neill
Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012
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

Take a look at in situ pictures from the Exhibition:

David Bowie by Mick Rock

Mick Rock is a legendary rock and roll photographer often referred to as 
"The Man Who Shot the Seventies". 
Beginning his career in 1969 snapping rock and roll artists 
such as Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Queen and Iggy Pop, 
Rock first met David Bowie in early 1972. 
During the 70s, in his capacity as the official Bowie photographer, 
many of the iconic images of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot.
David Bowie and Mick Ronson on stage during the Ziggy Stardust tour, 
December 1972 / January 1973. 
Bowie is wearing a pair of platform shoes decorated 
with palm trees by Pelican Footwear, New York. 
Photograph by Mick Rock. Copyright Mick Rock 2013

David Bowie on stage during The 1980 Floor Show, 1973, wearing a cobweb bodysuit designed by Natasha Korniloff. Photograph by Mick Rock. Copyright Mick Rock 2013
David Bowie photographed for the Pin Ups album 
artwork and promotional material, 1973. Photograph by Mick Rock. Copyright Mick Rock 2013
Check this great interview with Jonathan Barnbrook
designer of Bowie's Heathen 2002 album cover and the current Next Day 
on the V+A website:

Jonathan Barnbrook

In the Interview Jonathan says:
'I think what David Bowie does is that he summarises that feeling 
of being slightly 'outside' for people who 
don't want to move too much outside the mainstream. 
 He isn't something which everybody will get,
and his isn't a point-of-view which everyone has, 
and yet he has this mass connection with people.
It's very interesting.'

Jonathan Barnbrook explains that the cover for 
The Next Day was done in total secrecy.
'Everyone wanted to keep it a secret 
because it was such a fantastic thing to drop on everybody on Bowie's  birthday.'
(His 66th: 8th Jan 2013) 
'Nobody wanted to spoil the surprise. In the [design] studio, 
me and only one other person knew about it.
In this time it's very difficult to keep a secret, but we managed to do it. 
What I think is unique about the design of the new album cover 
The Next Day is the re-appropriation of 'Heroes',
the Bowie album from Berlin. 

The original Heroes Album Cover 1977

 Heroes really is the iconic Bowie album,
 and to do something like put a white
square on it - or cross out the title 
- we felt was almost sacrilege,
 but that really is the point of contemporary pop music:
it spits on the past.  
However, with Bowie it's slightly different 
because that album cover is such common currency -
it has so many layers of meaning. 
It's not just about that, 
it's about he's living with his history.

Self portrait in pose also adopted for the album cover of 'Heroes'
© The David Bowie Archive 2012
Image © V&A Images

'So there are all those layers of meaning going on in the design. '
Some people will have called it lazy, but it actually it took a 
long time to get to something which is ostensibly quite simple and actually, 
I think, quite daring.'
Take a look at the Bowie's
The Stars are Out Tonight
A Film by Floria Sigismondi
Starring Tilda Swinton

You can find this on our Post:
which features the Paul Smith AW13/14 Show
influenced by Mister Bowie himself.

David Bowie is 
Open from 
23 March - 11 August 2013

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Until next time J Xx

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