David Bowie is back in the charts after a twenty-year hiatus, and a retrospective, timed to coincide with his musical reinvention, drew an array of stars to London's Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday evening. Leading the charge were actress Rosario Dawson and Dr. Who star Matt Smith. In keeping with the rock theme of the night, both looked suitably cool – particularly Rosario who perfected smart-casual with a tweed jacket, skinny jeans and court shoes for a feminine edge.
Snapping at Rosario's stylish heels was Tilda Swinton. The British actress has carved out a niche as one of the most enigmatic women in Hollywood, and there was more than a sprinkling of Ziggy Stardust about her coiffured hair, razor-sharp cheekbones and androgynous suit. The likeness is no accident. Tilda co-stars in the video for David Bowie's new single The Stars (Are Out Tonight) and she revealed the collaboration left her feeling closer to the singer, saying he was her "cousin". She also gave the exhibition, named David Bowie Is, a glowing review, describing it as "amazing".
The man of the night was fashionably absent from the exhibition, but there was no shortage of star power to celebrate David Bowie's colourful musical legacy. With her very own rock star on speed dial, Bob Geldof's daughter Pixie was a natural presence. After heading home from the exhibition, she tweeted some of her favourite Bowie moments, including a promotional poster for his 1986 film Labyrinth. "Labyrinth!!!!!! The best!" she wrote in the caption.
Other famous fans included singer Noel Gallagher, socialite Chloe Delevingne and British model David Gandy. As well as being a magnet for the stars, David Bowie Is has become one of the Victoria and Albert Museum's most successful shows, with more than 47,000 tickets already sold.