David Bowie denies involvement in upcoming costume exhibition at the V&A

David Bowie has broken his silence to say he is not involved in a retrospective of his costumes at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. The Observer reported this week that the legendary singer would co-curate an exhibition of his life and work told through his extravagant costumes next year. The show was said to chart his rise to cult status, using his collection of outfits to document his changing identity, with him selecting outfits for the retrospective.

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David Bowie has broken his silence to say he is not involved in a retrospective of his costumes at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Observer reported this week that the legendary singer would co-curate an exhibition of his life and work told through his extravagant costumes next year. The show was said to chart his rise to cult status, using his collection of outfits to document his changing identity, with him selecting outfits for the retrospective.

However, Bowie has denied that he will be involved in the project. Writing on his Facebook page, he wrote: “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.”

Responding to further reports in The Mirror that he had fallen out with the V&A’s curators, he joked: “The David Bowie Archive gave unprecedented access to the V&A and museum’s curators have made all curatorial and design choices. A close friend of mine tells me that I am neither ‘devastated’, ‘heartbroken’ nor ‘uncontrollably furious’ by this news item.”

An official announcement from the V&A on the exhibition is due next month, according to reports.

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