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With the 50th anniversary of the cinematic James Bond, exhibitions are being shown around the world to mark the occasion, but the Barbican Centre finally has one on the design aspects, including fashion and graphics.
Called Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, the exhibition runs from July 6 to September 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (10 p.m. on Thursdays).
The exhibition looks at the fashion, craft, tailoring, costumes, stunts, props, and set and production design, including the Bond cars, gadgets and special effects. It also covers the graphic design and motion graphics of the Bond movies.
Highlights include the gadgets and weapons made 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, says the centre.
In addition, there are creations on display by 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.
Among the exhibits are Jaws’s teeth from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, the attaché case from From Russia with Love, and the poker table from Casino Royale. There are also blueprints and drawings from the Eon archives.
Designing 007 is being produced in collaboration with Eon Productions Ltd. It has been designed by Ab Rogers and curated by the Barbican, with guest curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.
Ticket prices are £12, £10 for concessions and £8 for under 16s. There are discounts for Barbican members.