Designing 007: London Exhibit Explores James Bond’s Iconic Style
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The Barbican performing arts center in London unveils their design retrospective on the world's favorite secret agent, James Bond, this Friday. The exhibit coincides with the summer Olympics, which London is hosting this year. "Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style," runs through September 5th.
"Bond is a British icon, but he's also a world citizen," notes one of the exhibit's curators in a promotional video. "He's iconic over the world, and so what he looks like has to not just suit England and Britain. It has to actually be acceptable to the world."
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The show will include previously unreleased Bond archives, gadgets and set pieces. Visitor's will also have access to a special Martini Bar where "Bond-style cocktails" will be available for purchase.
More info from the Barbarican:
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.
Highlights include gadgets and weapons made for Bond and his notorious adversaries by special effects experts John Stears and Chris Corbould, along with artwork for sets and storyboards by production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont and Syd Cain, and costume designs by Bumble Dawson, Donfeld, Julie Harris, Lindy Hemming, Ronald Patterson, Emma Porteous, and Jany Temime.
On display too will be lavish screen finery by Hollywood costume designers and major fashion names including Giorgio Armani, Brioni, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, Gucci's Frida Giannini, Douglas Hayward, Rifat Ozbek, Jenny Packham, Miuccia Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Anthony Sinclair, Philip Treacy, Emanuel Ungaro and Donatella Versace.
Designing 007 will transform the Barbican, taking the audience on a journey - a 'making of' and presentation of Bond style over 50 years.
The exhibition is designed by Ab Rogers and curated by the Barbican, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.
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