'David Bowie is' - what a perfect name for his exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Reason being, is that he can be anything he wants to be - he can reinvent himself over and over again, picking up more fans along the way.
David Bowie said, I quote: "I want to be trendy, not a trend-setter". Praise the lord he got that wrong.
The exhibition itself snakes around, revealing every fan's greatest memories of his career to date, from 1969's Space Oddity, right through to the present day. Every iconic outfit was present, from overgrown aubergine-shaped plastic flares, through to inspiration for his orange spiky 'doo'.
I only really went to the exhibition to retain 'favourite daughter status' from my Dad - a massive Bowie fan. Thank god for my Dad - it was probably one of the best exhibitions I've ever been to (even better than Darwin & Yayoi Kusama's polka dot penises).
Literally splitting at the seams with creative inspiration, I was absorbed, more absorbed than I realised. The interactive soundtrack playing through headphones (thanks Sennheiser) changed with each twist and turn I took - my ears and eyes were in heaven, and my toes were tapping uncontrollably.
Acording to the exhibition, David Bowie's favourite book is George Orwell's 1984 - probably because at the centre is a priveleged inner party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as 'thought-crimes'.
Bowie's 'thought-crimes' were all there, scribbled onto tatty scraps of paper, that have been restored, ready to be shared with the masses. Thought-crimes is such a great term - and I want to commit more of them.
I leave you with two things. Firstly, my recommendation to head down to the exhibition (make sure you book ahead), and secondly, to ask yourself: Do you want to be trendy, or a trendsetter?