David Bowie’s more cerebral fans may be nodding with hand-to-chin approval as they appreciate the finer existential aspects of his retrospective, “David Bowie is,” at the V&A Museum in London. Now, his more materialistic fans also have something to ponder, an array of Bowie-related products at Selfridges‘ London Concept Store. The permission to hoard is right there in the title: “David Bowie is all yours.”
On Thursday, April 4, the Concept Store will make available for purchase a range of gift-shop products otherwise only available at the V&A, as well as current men’s and women’s pieces — Peter Pilotto, Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, Givenchy — handpicked by Selfridges’ experts. Furthermore, Idea Books will offer vintage magazines featuring cover stories about the music legend and, living up to its name, the Vinyl Factory has curated a selection of actual Bowie albums, including Space Oddity (1969) and, the album that rocketed him out of lowly one-hit-wonder status, Aladdin Sane (1973). Sleeve art from Aladdin Sane, too, can be had, straight from photographer Brian Duffy’s original contact sheets.
But here’s where it gets interesting for fashion purists. Decades, the cult vintage shop in L.A., has curated a one-off capsule collection for Selfridges. Decades owner Cameron Silver has amassed a unique range of items, including sequined gold and silver numbers from a young Gianni Versace, as well as rare Paco Rabanne, Céline, Azzedine Alaïa, Thierry Mugler, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent pieces that channel Bowie’s androgynous look in The Man Who Fell to Earth and Just a Gigolo, in which he uncannily resembled his co-star, Marlene Dietrich, in her last film.
“David Bowie is one of the few fashion icons of the 20th and 21st centuries to inspire both men and women,” Cameron Silver told ARTINFO. “He also has had various looks that it was a vintage connoisseur’s wet dream to put together in our Selfridges capsule.”
— Lee Carter
Image: Ziggy Stardust jumpsuit, designed by Freddie Burretti that Bowie wore while performing “Starman” on “Top of the Pops” in 1973, shown in front of the televised performance/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London