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David Bowie

The V&A holds a unique collection of David Bowie photographs, album sleeve artwork and memorabilia, charting the creative process of one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times.

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Tracing Bowie’s shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades, highlights include artwork for the Diamond Dogs album, iconic photographs by Kevin Cummins and Terry O’Neill, and a set design for Bowie’s successful Serious Moonlight tour. The collection features several collaborations with artists and designers, demonstrating how Bowie’s work was influenced by and also influenced wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture.

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Photo of David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour poster, Mick Haggerty, 1983, Uk. Museum no. S.4618-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
David Bowie Serious Moonlight Tour poster, Mick Haggerty, 1983, Uk. Museum no. S.4618-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Aladdin Sane album cover, Duffy and Philo, 1970, Uk. Museum no: E.583-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Aladdin Sane album cover, Duffy and Philo, 1970, Uk. Museum no: E.583-1985. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Photograph of David Bowie, Terry O’Neill, 1974, England. Museum no. E.315-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photograph of David Bowie, Terry O’Neill, 1974, England. Museum no. E.315-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Poster, Derek Boshier, 1982 – 83, England. Museum no. S.432-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster, Derek Boshier, 1982 – 83, England. Museum no. S.432-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Poster, 1978, Germany. Museum no. S.3676-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster, 1978, Germany. Museum no. S.3676-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Photograph of David Bowie, Kevin Cummins, 1970s, Uk. Museum no: S.1326-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photograph of David Bowie, Kevin Cummins, 1970s, Uk. Museum no: S.1326-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Isolar poster magazine, David Bowie, 1976, US. Museum no. S.1101:1 to 2-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Isolar poster magazine, David Bowie, 1976, US. Museum no. S.1101:1 to 2-2010. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Poster, 1973, England. Museum no. S.4620-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Poster, 1973, England. Museum no. S.4620-1995. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of David Bowie Then: 1973, drawing, Barbara Nessim, 2013, US. Museum no. E.117-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
David Bowie Then: 1973, drawing, Barbara Nessim, 2013, US. Museum no. E.117-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Diamond Dogs, vinyl, David Bowie (producer), Guy Peellaert and Leee Black Childers (artists), RCA Records (record label), 1973 – 74, England. Museum no. S.3354-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Diamond Dogs, vinyl, David Bowie (producer), Guy Peellaert and Leee Black Childers (artists), RCA Records (record label), 1973 – 74, England. Museum no. S.3354-2013. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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