OOTD: Bond at The Barbican


Hello again! Today I bring you another OOTD, and it’s James Bond themed, which if you watched the London 2012 opening ceremony last night you’ll be pretty excited by! Daniel Craig made history last night by acting with the actual Queen in what was the most amazing and frankly, British spectacle ever. Well done Danny Boyle for that incredible opening ceremony. More Bond excitement happened this time last week when I attended the Designing 007 exhibition at The Barbican Centre here in London. I had wanted to see this James Bond exhibition ever since I wrote about it in my July Dates post (click here for that) and it definitely did not disappoint. There’ll be plenty more about the exhibition shortly, but first we’ll get the OOTD out of the way!

It was slightly overcast and definitely not as warm as the week just gone when we attended the exhibition so I opted for this cutesy polka dot dress that I bought about three years ago from Primark. I toughened up the dress with a new purchase, a faux leather jacket from Mango with gold detailing and exposed zips. For £44.99 I thought this was a great buy and it’s not immediately noticeable that it’s faux, you can get it here.

My Max C London bag is the same as always, and my leggings are from George at Asda (I seriously have loads they are the most comfortable and durable of any brand I’ve tried) and my Converse are from Schuh and available here. The necklace is this initial pendant from Urban Outfitters, available here, and on my lips I have Collection’s Cream Puff Moisturing Lip Cream in Fairy Cake which you can pick up for about £3 from Superdrug or Boots.

On with the exhibition!

I’m not going to pretend I know tonnes about architecture and interior design, but I will say that The Barbican Centre lent itself very well to the Bond exhibition, it definitely has that ’60s Bond villain lair feel to it. The exhibition far exceeded my expectations from the get go, I had no idea how extensive it would be, (so extensive it was split into three parts!) we were very impressed. On entering, the walls were decked out with vintage Bond movie posters, some of them foreign and it was amazing to see just how the style of the posters has changed over the years. I’ll insert some photos here for you.

This part of the exhibition was open to the public, but in the foyer you bought tickets for the bulk of the exhibition which took place in several different rooms throughout the The Barbican Centre. There was a special 007 shop and even a Martini Bar in the vast foyer of the centre which really added to the glam Bond theme!

Before entering the foyer a Sean Connery model leaned against one of the most famous Bond cars which was a perfect photo opportunity and again, open to the public.

Unfortunately there was a strict no photo policy within the exhibition rooms, but it was an astounding exhibition showcasing some of the most famous Bond costumes, villains, gadgets, vehicles and even a history of Ian Fleming’s life to boot. For any Bond fan it is a must, but for fashion design or costume design students it’s also a feast of inspiration, especially the ‘casino’ which houses various movie props and all the most spectacular ball gowns worn by the Bond girls through the ages.

As you travelled inbetween rooms there were some photos allowed in the foyer areas so I snapped this photo of two of the most famous Bond girl bikinis. One worn in that famous scene from Dr. No and one worn by Halle Berry in Die Another Day.

I won’t ruin the experience for those who haven’t been by telling you any more, but this was an extremely well done exhibition that truly gave Bond fans a look behind the scenes, and I couldn’t have been happier with the array of Bond paraphernalia on display. Some classic movie pieces including Oddjob’s hat were displayed for the world to see, definitely check it out (there’s even a sneaky peek of a few Skyfall pieces for those curious!)

That’s it for today’s OOTD and review of Designing 007, I hope you enjoyed it and you might go and check it out, it’s well worth a look for the £12 ticket price. Let me know if you go or if you have seen it by leaving me a comment, and what did you think of the amazing Bond opening ceremony moment? Legendary? Comment below or tweet me @MillieDelacoe. I love hearing from you guys. Until next time…

Millie x

Disclaimer: All photos were taken and are owned by me. I am not affiliated with any mentioned brands in any way and no links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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