An extensive archive of David Bowie’s life,work and legacy will go on display to the public for the first timein 2025, it has been announced.
Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V and A), the exhibition will include more than 80,000 items that span six decades of thecultural icon’s career.
They will be made available to the public through the creation of The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts, which will open in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It will allow fans and researchers alike to get up close and gain new insights into Bowie’s creative process like never before, the V and Asaid.
The collection will feature handwritten lyrics, letters, sheet music,original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, album artwork and awards.
It will also include instruments owned by the world-famous musician,as well as writings and unrealised projects never before seen in public.
Highlights include stage costumes such as Bowie’s breakthrough Ziggy Stardust ensembles, designed by Freddie Burretti in 1972, Kansai Yamamoto’s creations for the Aladdin Sane tour in 1973, and the UnionJack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the 1997Earthling album cover.
The archive also includes over 70,000 photographs, prints, negatives,slides and contact sheets taken by some of the 20th century’s leading photographers from Terry O’Neill to Brian Duffy and Helmut Newton.
Its acquisition by the V and A and the creation of the centre was made possible thanks to the David Bowie Estate and £10 million ($12.1million) donation from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Warner Music Group.
Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the V and A, said: “David Bowie was oneof the greatest musicians and performers of all time.
“The V and A is thrilled to become custodians of his incrediblearchive, and to be able to open it up