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David Bowie’s best-known costumes are like flash cards for the glam-tastic, eclectic 1970s. The shape-shifting star has made a career-long study of how to appear on the edge of things – of human existence, even – while remaining at the centre of attention. But the look of Bowie’s stage personae, explored in a Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition that opens Sept. 25 at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, often has antecedents in visual art, stage costumery and cultural history. Robert Everett-Green deconstructs four of his costumes, coupled with images that inspired or prefigured them.

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