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Designing 007 exhibit displayed in Shanghai

By: Anders Frejdh
Designing 007 exhibition Shanghai
Skyfall (2012) recently opened in China and soon the touring exhibition Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style - the most comprehensive ever devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other artefacts from the series - opens at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai on March 28, 2013.

The Designing 007 exhibition was first shown in London (from July 6 to September 5, 2012) and then in Toronto (from October 26, 2012 to January 20, 2013). FSWL was invited to the exclusive launch party in London, read our report.

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 Corbuld, 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 will be 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.

The exhibition is designed by Ab Rogers with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

Shanghai details:
Open from: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 14:00
Closing on: Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 14:00
Metro: Hongqiao (Line 3 and 4)
Venue: Minsheng Art Museum (Address: Bldg F, 570 Huaihai Xi Lu, near Hongqiao Lu)
Entry price: 80 RMB on weekdays and 120 RMB during weekends

Editor's note:
You can purchase the official exhibition book (a must-have for serious James Bond collectors) online from either Barbican's e-shop, Amazon US or Amazon UK.

Articles in the press about the Designing 007 exhibition while at the Barbican in London:
>An exhibition to mark 50 years of James Bond films (The Guardian, February 29, 2012)
>James Bond - a character to die for (The Telegraph, June 10, 2012)
>The 10 best Bond outfits – in pictures (The Observer, June 24, 2012)
>James Bond: The spy who loved to look cool (The Independent, June 30, 2012)

Official videos:
>Designing Bond's Look
>Designing Bond's World

Photo above:
Goldfinger's personal Pilot, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) tells Bond (Sean Connery) that they are on their way to Goldfinger's Kentucky Horse Farm. © 1964 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Watch out on the official museum website for the latest information on the exhibit:



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