One of the exhibitions I have been most excited about this year will be opening this Friday. Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style will running at The Barbican until 5th September, so you have only two months to catch it.
The exhibition was put together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film (Dr No), and will feature original props such as Odd Job’s bowler hat and Jaw’s false metal teeth, costume sketches, movie posters, behind the scenes photographs, and the technology behind the special effects and stunts. The part I am most looking forward to though is getting to check out some of the costumes, by designers 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. Phew, what a list!
The Barbican have even set up a Martini Bar, so you can shake it or stir it (whichever your preference) after viewing the exhibition.
Advance booking is strongly advised, since the exhibition has such a short run and is bound to be popular. Tickets can be booked here on the Barbican website.