Sep 15, 2012 10:40AM

Street Style Before Street Style: David Bowie

"I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human" — David Bowie.

Something magical must've been happening in the late 40s between Peggy and Haywood Jones to have produced a human quite like David Bowie. From the back of Brixton to the depths of Berlin, he was once quoted that he only ate white things. Alter egos, a love of Australia, and writing a bunch of hits for Lou Reed and Iggy Pop, David Bowie is as legendary as his style is wild, androgynous and forward. Nick Knight's 2011 cover shoot for French Vogue featuring Kate Moss in full Ziggy Stardust garb is a mark of the musician's relentless cool — and his superior street style is as enduring today as it was decades ago. 

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will open an exhibition next year dedicated to the career of David Bowie. The musician said on Facebook last month that while he did not work directly on the show's curation, the museum was granted "unprecedented access" to his archives, including original Ziggy Stardust bodysuits and pieces designed for his Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke characters. Photoraphy by Herb Ritts, Helmut Newton will also be shown, along with handwritten set lists, word collages and diary entries.

David Bowie Is will run at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, 23 March — 28 July 2013.

Ana Ifould & Emily Royal