The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr No to last year's Spectre, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.
In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 is a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.
It explores the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.
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 is 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 transforms venues, 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 Barbican International Enterprises, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.
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Designing 007 current city
Paris, France (16 April – 4 Sep 2016)
Designing 007 past cities
Mexico City, Mexico (24 Oct 2015 – 10 Jan 2016)
Madrid, Spain (8 May – 31 Aug 2015)
Rotterdam, Netherlands (12 Oct 2014– 8 Feb 2015)
Moscow, Russia (11 June – 7 Sep 2014)
Melbourne, Australia (1 Nov 2013 – 23 Feb 2014)
Shanghai, China (28 Mar – 30 Jun 2013)
Toronto, Canada (26 Oct 2012 – 20 Jan 2013)
London, UK (6 Jul – 5 Sep 2012)