The V&A has just secured a massive archive of David Bowie stuff, which will be made available to the public once The David Bowie Centre for the Study of Performing Arts opens. 

Due to open in 2025 at the V&A East Storehouse in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford (when it opens), the centre will become a Bowie research hub. 

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It will house more than 80,000 things outlining the career, creative process and legacy of one of the world's most pioneering and culturally influential figures, giving an unprecedented insight into Bowie's creative processes.  

Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “David Bowie was one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time. The V&A is thrilled to become custodians of his incredible archive, and to be able to open it up for the public."

Covering most artistic bases, including music, film, fashion and theatre, the archive will outline Bowie's innovations and influence on design and visual culture and on creatives working in various fields, from Janelle Monae and Lady Gaga to Tilda Swinton and Raf Simons. 

You'll be able to see Ziggy Stardust stage costumes, Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour as well as the Union Jack coat Bowie and Alexander McQueen designed for the Earthling album cover. 

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Handwritten lyrics, letters and sheet music are among the items in the archive too, along with original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos and set designs. 

The acquisition was made possible with the help of the David Bowie Estate and a £10million donation from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, which works with cultural educational centres, and Warner Music Group.