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Set model

Set model

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1982 - 1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Boshier, Derek, born 1937 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Card, paint and glue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Derek Boshier started working with David Bowie in 1979 when he created the cover of his Lodger album (1979). In 1982, Bowie asked him to design the set for the 1983 Serious Moonlight Tour. Boshier also worked on the cover of Bowie Let’s Dance Album (1983) – a huge global commercial success which generated more income than all his previous albums put together. Bowie intended to go back to more theatrical presentations following the 1976 Thin White Duke Tour which was based around using Brechtian lighting. Bowie asked Boshier to come up “with something punky”. This is reflected in the fragmented design. In the event, the design proved too complicated for the likely venues and it was replaced with a simpler design largely using lighting.

Physical description

Three dimensional model of a stage set. Geometric shapes of various sizes have been painted in red, yellow, black and white and have been glued onto the base. A cardboard cut-out musician is leaping across the front of the stage playing a guitar.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1982 - 1983 (made)


Boshier, Derek, born 1937 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Card, paint and glue


Height: 8.5 cm, Width: 8.5 cm fanned out

Descriptive line

Model for proposed set design by Derek Boshier for David Bowie's Serious Moonlight tour in 1983

Labels and date

[G18.4 – 2 on strip]

Proposed set model
Serious Moonlight tour
Derek Boshier

Pop artist Derek Boshier developed this ambitious concept design for the Serious Moonlight tour but it proved too expensive to build. The actual tour set was the work of veteran stage designer Mark Ravitz, who had also created the Diamond Dogs tour set.

V&A: S.432-2013



Cardboard; Paint; Glue


Painting; Model-making


Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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