Wednesday, March 20, 2013

David Bowie: London exhibition draws record ticket sales

The upcoming David Bowie exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert has become the fastest-selling in the museum's history.

BBC reports more than 42,000 advance tickets have already been sold for the retrospective, which opens to the public on Saturday.

Sales are more than double the number of advance tickets of the museum's previous exhibitions.

“David Bowie Is” will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon across five decades.

Although Bowie is not directly involved with curating the V&A exhibition, the David Bowie Archive gave the London museum "unprecedented access" to pick out flamboyant costumes, early photographs and other memorabilia.

On display will be 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 Earthling album cover (1997).

Personal items such as handwritten set lists and lyrics, as well as some of Bowie's own sketches, musical scores and diary entries will also be shown.

This week, Bowie landed his first UK number 1 album in 20 years with “The Next Day,” which has also become the fastest selling UK album of 2013 to date.

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