Noel Gallagher and Tilda Swinton were among the stars who turned out for the opening night of the David Bowie Is exhibition at London's Victoria And Albert Museum last night (March 20).
A host of stars from the worlds of fashion, TV, film and music turned out to see the exhibition. Tilda Swinton represented the absent David Bowie, having recently starred alongside him in the video for single 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'. Also in attendance at the V&A were Bill Nighy, Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, Tracey Emin, Pam Hogg, Rosario Dawson, Kaya Scodelario, Nick Grimshaw and Pixie Geldof.
Pre-sale tickets for the show – which opens on Saturday (March 23) – have sold faster than any other exhibit at the museum. A spokesperson for the V&A said that almost 50,000 tickets have already been sold. She said: "We have sold over 47,000 tickets for the exhibition. It is the most pre-sale tickets that we have ever recorded for an exhibition."
The exhibition features 300 Bowie related artefacts, including photographs, film, set designs, handwritten lyrics and 60 stage costumes. Original Ziggy Stardust bodysuits are on display, as are Kansai Yamamoto's Aladdin Sane tour outfits and a Union Jack coat co-designed by Alexander McQueen and Bowie for the cover of 1997's 'Earthling' album. The exhibition runs until August this year.
David Bowie recently went to the top of the UK album chart with his new LP, 'The Next Day'. On Sunday (March 17), the much-anticipated album became Bowie's first Number One in his native Britain since 1993's 'Black Tie White Noise'. It also became the fastest-selling album so far this year, shifting 94,000 copies. Biffy Clyro’s 'Opposites' previously had that title, having sold 71,600 copies during its opening week in January.