Herald Sun

DAVID BOWIE IS MY HERO

- SALLY BEN­NETT

HER real name is Lau­ren Halstead, but ev­ery­one knows her as Lau­ren Star­dust.

The David Bowie tragic was over­joyed to tears when she stepped in­side the David

Bowie Is ex­hi­bi­tion hon­our­ing her idol at Mel­bourne’s Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Mov­ing Im­age.

“It’s very over­whelm­ing. My heart is rac­ing,” she said.

Lau­ren, 25, was one of the first to get a sneak preview of the eye-pop­ping show, which opens to­day and is al­ready tipped to be­come the most pop­u­lar in ACMI’s Win­ter Mas­ter­pieces se­ries.

She dressed for the oc­ca­sion in a Bowie-inspired out­fit, as she does ev­ery day. “I’m a big fan of Bowie style as well as his mu­sic,” she said. “To be able to bring that the­atri­cal­ity into your own life is such a lovely thing to do.”

David Bowie Is ar­rives from Lon­don’s Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum, where it pre­miered two years ago and quickly be­came its fastest-selling show. Seen by more than one mil­lion peo­ple in six cities, this is its only Aus­tralasian ap­pear­ance.

As­sis­tant cu­ra­tor Dr Kathryn John­son, from the V&A, said the ex­hi­bi­tion’s pop­u­lar­ity was “real proof of the strange fas­ci­na­tion which Bowie con­tin­ues to hold”.

More than 300 cos­tumes, sets, lyrics, art­work and other un­seen items from Bowie’s per­sonal col­lec­tion are on show at ACMI in Fed Square un­til Novem­ber 1.

 ??  ?? Lau­ren “Star­dust” Halstead shows her mod­ern love for a rock leg­end at the ACMI ex­hi­bi­tion. Pic­ture: ALEX
COPPEL
Lau­ren “Star­dust” Halstead shows her mod­ern love for a rock leg­end at the ACMI ex­hi­bi­tion. Pic­ture: ALEX COPPEL

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