Culture Corner


A Touch of Nostalgia with a Whole Lot of Glam

Posted by Oliver, on 10 Mar 2014, in Culture Corner
‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

‘Sukita Bowie: Speed of Life’, © 2012 Brandon Carson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

I don’t often admit it, but I am a sucker for the 70’s and 80’s. Not the parachute pants and wild colours, but the production of the whole era. David Bowie, London native and international entertainment icon, was at the forefront of this movement. This summer, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an exhibit that celebrates Bowie in all his glory. This is an event is worth seeing, and is just minutes away from any Kensington hotel London offers.

Like everything else Bowie has been associated with, this exhibition is a production in the truest sense of the word. Take a stroll back to the days of Ziggy Stardust and appreciate the grandeur of the set designs and costumes that the “Glam Rock” era was inspired by. The costumes are truly worth seeing, like a piece of art they as famous as Bowie is. With more than 300 objects including body suits designed by Freddie Burretti, album artwork, photography, music videos, footage from live performances and handwritten lyrics, this exhibit opens up the world to the mysterious persona Bowie cultivated.

I have to confess that I was a bit reluctant to go to the exhibit, but now that I have seen the production first hand I appreciate just what an artist Bowie was. He was such a major player in the music industry, a fashion icon, film star and of course produced some of the best albums of his day for other artists like Lou Reed. What a renaissance man! —For more than 50 years the London native has done what he wants, when he wants.

I could throw a stone and hit a hundred Bowie fans. That’s the effect he had on people. However weird Bowie was, he embraced everything from the conventional to the bizarre, and was himself – or Ziggy…whoever he was he did it with an air of confidence that people respected and responded to. If you are a fan of the icon or just are conveniently staying in a Kensington hotel, London is the perfect place to see the life of a true artist.

As a concierge of a Kensington hotel, London is never lacking with things for me to suggest. This event at the Victoria & Albert is a pleasure for me to tell my guests about. It is a unique show that celebrates one of England’s biggest stars. Even the harshest critic will be impressed by the splendour.