Friday, November 2, 2012

Designing 007: Celebrating 50 Years Of Bond Style

James Bond is the man your mom warns you to stay away from and that’s why he's irresistible. He’s the dangerous sly rogue that never knows where the next bullet is going to come from, and his desire to trust the women he comes into contact with keeps him sharp at 50. 
The artistry of Bond is nothing but addictive. On Tuesday October 30th, in conjunction with Notable and The Grid, The TIFF Bell Lightbox launched Bond Martini Thursdays. Every week, participating restaurants will create cocktails inspired by the films such as The Moneypenny, a delicious fruity concoction, or if you prefer something a bit dryer but smooth, the Vesper is for you.  The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibit celebrates the women, the villains, the gadgets, the locations, and the fashion, as well as the set design that makes the films memorable.  

The set designer that the exhibit pays tribute to is Ken Adam’s for Goldfinger (1964). The decision to open your tour into Bond’s vault, with an installation piece of Jill Masterson’s gold body rotating is striking in that one simple picture represents the themes of Ian Fleming’s espionage thrillers; sex, money, and death. Seeing some of the film props such as the Golden Gun and Q’s gadgets, as well as some of the original drawings and storyboards is great for every cinephile

Don’t miss the cut of Daniel Craig’s suit from Casino Royale as well as some of the original dresses by such designers as Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford. All your favourite Bond characters are included from Solitaire to Blofeld. Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style 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.  

The exhibit runs now at the TIFF Bell Lightbox until January 2013. --- Leticia Cambre


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