BY SARA DARLING
Prince Rogers Nelson is a legend and deserves an exhibition
So it is no wonder that his close relatives are sharing his legacy with the general public at a must see exhibition in London's O2.
It might not be the most attractive place for trip down memory lane- alas the venue still has the vibe of a warehouse, but it does tie in with Prince's extended sell out 21 day show which he chose to do at the 02, ten years ago.
Heading up the escalators to the blackened arena, and you enter the magical world of the miniature purple one. Straightaway you are thrown into the theatrics and can't help but wow at the teeny waists and humungous shoulder pads on his life size costumes. If you weren't around in the eighties, this is a fast track education into extreme eighties fashion!
The mac from Purple Rain is even more impressive- even full size it is still a dinky 5'2. And you get to see his penchant for cuban heels....
.As well as costumes, you are provided with headphones to enjoy the music, so expect to see lots of raspberry beret lip synching as you groove your way around the show!
Also on display are his famous stage guitars, photographs and artefacts from his home, Paisley Park, handwritten song lyrics, signed album covers and clips from his appearances on TV shows; Being an actor, director and perfectionist, it is no wonder that everything is in pristine condition, and the compulsive branding of the Prince symbol on his property means that his legacy is well and truly in place.
The My Name is Prince exhibition is the first of its kind and is a landmark in itself.
I left feeling a little sad, as I thought that the little one would never die! But seeing his life in all it's glory, I realised that it was a pretty damn good one!
Open now at the 02 (next to Hollywood Bowl) until 7th January.
Book your tickets here
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