With the release of Skyfall this year, James Bond celebrates his fiftieth birthday. Co-hosting celebrations are the Barbican, who present the multisensory, multimedia exhibition Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style. Let's face it, whatever you may think of the character or his films, he is perhaps the most enduring icon of British male style in the twentieth century. Since the advent of Daniel Craig, it is a style that is evolving into the twenty-first century.
Guest curators - fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar-winning, Bond-film costume designer Lindy Hemming - have been given unprecedented access to Eon Productions archives. The exhibition explores the craft behind this paradigm of male elegance, with works by major fashion designers: Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Frida Giannini, Miuccia Prada, Donatella Versace, among them.
Remember, though, Bond's world is not just of his own creation. Alongside this, we are presented with the secrets of the creation behind the entire secret service that he works for; there are his nemeses and assorted villains; there are his paramours. Details of his weapons and his gadgets are revealed, as well as set and production design, vehicle design, exotic locations, stunts and props. Everyone has a even just little bit of a Bond fan in them, this exhibition will satisfy anyone interested in the enduring romance of one of cinema's idols.
Designing Bond: Fifty Years of Bond Style is at the Barbican until 05 September.