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Striped bodysuit for Aladdin Sane tour, 1973. Design: Kansai Yamamoto. Photo: Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita / The David Bowie Archive 2012.

The Thin White Duke is headed to the Windy City: this September, David Bowie is, an archival exhibit featuring "more than 400 objects, including photography, album artwork, handwritten lyrics, originalfashions, set designs, and rare performance material from the past five decades" of David Bowie's career, will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The show was originally organized for London's Victoria and Albert Museum and its stop at the MCA will be its only run in the United States. Ahead of its opening on September 23rd, scope some preview images from the exhibit above and below.

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Promotional photograph of David Bowie for Diamond Dogs, 1974. Photo: Terry O'Neill. Image © Victoria and Albert Museum.

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David Bowie during the filming of the Ashes to Ashes video, 1980. Photo: Brian Duffy. © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive.

davidbowie7.jpgPhoto collage of manipulated film stills from The Man Who Fell to Earth, c. 1975-6. Design: David Bowie; film stills: David James. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012. Film stills © STUDIOCANAL Films Ltd. Image © V&A Images.

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David Bowie, 1973. Photo: Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita / The David Bowie Archive.

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Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973. Design: Brian Duffy and Celia Philo; Make up: Pierre La Roche. Photo Duffy © Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive.

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Promotional shoot for The Kon-rads, 1963. Photo: Roy Ainsworth. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012. Image © V&A Images.

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David Bowie and William Burroughs, 1974. Photo: Terry O'Neill. Hand coloring: David Bowie. Courtesy of The David Bowie Archive 2012. Image © V&A Images.

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