The David Bowie Exhibition Finally Makes It to America

September 22, 2014 3:36 PM

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Everyone has a favorite David Bowie. There's Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie, who performed "Starman" on BBC’s "Top Of The Pops" while wearing a nut-hugging, patterned quilted suit. Aladdin Sane Bowie embraced Japanese fashion by sporting Kansai Yamamoto’s oversized, flared vinyl bodysuit with a maze-like pattern. Thin White Duke Bowie favored debonair tailored formal wear. He was a strung out clown in a puffy, silvery Pierrot costume for "Ashes To Ashes," and a pointed societal critic circa 1997's Earthling, courtesy of a distressed Alexander McQueen Union Jack coat. Even tanned 80s Bowie, in all his bleach-blond and pastel-suited glory, is charming in his own way.

These costumes and eras are all accounted for in David Bowie Is, a multimedia installation about the life of the enigmatic pop chameleon, which makes its American debut on September 23 at the Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art. So are remnants of his darker days—from a cocaine spoon to a cart...

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