I have seen David Bowie in real life, watched him sign ‘David Jones’ on a credit card slip. It doesn’t matter where it was, except that it’s a place that diehard fans know he frequents and often make pilgrimage to, looking for and asking after their hero. David Bowie is an icon—a self-creation (David Bowie is not David Jones) responsible for some of the most memorable songs and looks of the last half century of pop.
It is this status, as icon and innovator, that the new exhibit David Bowie is, which opens this week at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, seeks to celebrate. The show—a collection of more than 300 artifacts from the David Bowie Archive, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes and fashion, photography, instruments, and album art—is sure to please the diehards and the medium and light-hards; because everyone’s at least a little hard for Bowie, right?