Melbourne salutes the style of David Bowie

David Bowie

Whether it be the electricity of Ziggy Stardust or the soberness of Space Oddity, David Bowie has been a music and fashion icon for the better part of 50 years. To celebrate, his image is on display at the ACMI in Melbourne.

An acclaimed exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the event at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is called David Bowie Is. It launches on 16 July and lasts until November. It brings together items and objects from the David Bowie Archive to create a visual journey that takes visitors from Bowie’s early days in Brixton through his rise to being an international cultural icon.

There are over 50 legendary costumes to see. The exhibit contains some original stage set designs and handwritten lyric sheets. There is also album artwork, rare film footage, video and photographs. The entire event tries to showcase Bowie’s impact as a live performer and screen star. The exhibit has made its way through shows in London, Paris, Berlin and Chicago, and has been seen by more than one million people. The exhibition was the Victoria and Albert’s fastest selling. This stop over at the ACMI is the only Australasian venue for the show.

It is open daily and there is live music and entertainment on Thursday and Friday nights.

Melbourne is often described as the cultural heart of the country, which has made it a popular locale for Australian escorted tours that bring tourists from all over the world to the island continent. Started as the State Film Centre in 1946, the ACMI has grown into an internationally known film and screen institute. It regularly holds screening and advocacy events, educational programmes, industry focus groups and events centred on audience involvement.

As part of the Bowie exhibit, the ACMI is also offering educational programmes for those who want to delve deeper into the rock star’s style. Students and teachers can discuss Bowie’s shifting styles and constant reinvention through film, music, sound, fashion, theatre, costume, design and performance.

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