Bond, James Bond

We’re sharing an excellent post from one of our favorite blogs, Clothes on Film.  Guest blogger Matt Spaiser, creator of The Suits of James Bond, analyzes the world’s sharpest-dressed spy. Even if you’re not interested in fashion design, the post features several stunning stills of actor Sean Connery on production designer Ken Adam’s sets.



Sean Connery in a scene from the film “Dr. No” (1962).
Source: http://clothesonfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Dr-No_Sean-Connery_light-grey-suit_Trousers-full.bmp.jpg

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Fashion in Films of the Thirties

As the Oscar ceremonies are behind us and the classic film festival Cinefest will be held in Syracuse, New York this month, it seems quite fitting to post a link to an excellent classic cinema related article that first appeared on Wearing History. The costumes of several iconic 1930s films such as The Women and Roberta are discussed, as well as those featured in some less well known movies as Artists and Models Abroad (1938).



Poster for The Women (1939), director George Cukor.
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Ballet Russes: Thamar (1912)

To accompany this week’s earlier post about two current museum exhibits on the Ballet Russes, here is a segment from a performance of “Thamar” (1912) from the Ballet Russes’ Australian Tour of 1939-40. Costumes were designed by Russian painter Léon Bakst influenced by Georgian folk style. The clip was originally posted on YouTube by Nick Wallace Smith.

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The Art and Design of Ballet Russes

"Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes," on exhibit at Victoria and Albert Museum covers the work of Ballets Russes’ founder and artistic director, Serge Diaghilev and his collaborations with artists such as Stravinsky, Chanel, Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky. The show includes over 300 items that illustrate Diaghilev’s influence on art, design and fashion of the Twentieth Century. “Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes” runs through January 9, 2011.

Lubov Tchernicheva as the Tsarina from The Firebird, by Vera Willoughby, about 1921. Museum no. S.437-2000
Source: http://www.vam.ac.uk/images/image/69253-large.jpg

A second show, "Ballet Russes: The Art of Costume’" is running now through March 20, 2011 at The National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The exhibit features costumes and designs for over thirty productions and includes the work of Matisse, Gris, Picasso, Braque, and Delaunay and several others. Events planned in conjunction with the show include a Russian high tea and several hands-on workshops.

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Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk Video (1980)

Stevie Nicks wears a Margi Kent design in this video for Fleetwood Mac’s hit “Tusk.” The dress can be seen on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

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