Stardust jumpsuit to go on display

Congleton Guardian: A new exhibition will celebrate the musical career of David Bowie A new exhibition will celebrate the musical career of David Bowie

David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit and his hand-written lyrics are set to be the highlights of a V&A show dedicated to the singer "who helped change the world".

More than 300 objects have been selected for what is being billed as the first museum Bowie retrospective.

The show, David Bowie Is, opens next spring and will feature Bowie's own instruments, sketches, musical scores, diary entries and album artwork.

Hand-written lyrics and set lists, 60 stage costumes, photography, film, music videos, set designs and storyboards which have not been shown before will go on display at the V&A, which plans to hold an academic symposium on the singer.

Bowie has given the V&A (Victoria And Albert Museum), access to his archive of 60,000 objects in New York - a first for a museum.

The show has been curated by the V&A and Bowie, 65, recently took to Facebook to deny that he was directly involved in the exhibition.

"Contrary to recently published reports relating to the announcement by the V&A of an upcoming David Bowie exhibition, I am not a co-curator and did not participate in any decisions relating to the exhibition," he said.

"The David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the V&A and museum's curators have made all curatorial and design choices."

Organisers said the show would trace the star's "reinvention across five decades", the way he inspired others to "pursue freedom of expression" and his influence on movements in art and culture.

David Bowie Is, sponsored by Gucci and Sennheiser, runs from March 23 to July 28, 2013.

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