A futuristic citadel solidly anchored in the city of London, the Barbican could well have featured in a James Bond movie. And to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise, several of the Barbican Centre's spaces will be transformed in an immersive exhibition dedicated to the design that made Agent 007 a defining style icon.
Guest-curated by historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and costume designer Lindy Hemming, the show gathers more than 400 Bond artifacts including set and production designs, cars, gadgets, and costumes by some of the great names of fashion: Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Hubert de Givenchy, and Miuccia Prada, to name but a few.
Ursula Andress's legendary white bikini will share the spotlight with a recreation of Sean Connery's trunks from "Thunderball," Ken Adam's set concepts for the volcano in "You Only Live Twice," and Scaramanga's golden gun. The exhibition also will also feature a Martini Bar serving Bond-inspired cocktails. The legend lives on.
For images from the exhibition, click on the slide show.
"Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style," July 6 – September 5, 2012, Barbican Centre, London.