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James Bond exhibition displays iconic outfits

A James Bond exhibition is showcasing the film franchise's "huge impact" on fashion.

Opening at the Barbican Centre in London today, Designing 007 has been curated by Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming and fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave.

General memorabilia from the 50-year-old spy series is also on view, but there is a heavy focus on the slick style made famous by the fictitious secret agent.

"The impact of Bond on fashion is huge," Bronwyn Cosgrave told Vogue. "Designers are always ready to create costumes for Bond films because of their global appeal. What Bond and his female sidekicks wear is endlessly copied."

Among the items on display are Daniel Craig's famously tight swimming shorts from Casino Royale, Halle Berry's stunning orange bikini from Die Another Day and Ursula Andress' iconic bikini from Dr. No.

Visitors can also expect to see some of the iconic black suits made famous by legendary Bond actors such as Sean Connery.

Designer gowns worn by previous Bond Girls and created by Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta and Hubert de Givenchy are also on display.

"The Conduit Cut suit by Anthony Sinclair - which Sean Connery wore debuting as Bond in Dr. No, and with slight modifications through his tenure as Bond is, to me, the men's equivalent of a Chanel suit. Fifty years after the film's release it remains an Anthony Sinclair best-seller and is endlessly copied," Cosgrove added. "We are working with David Mason, who is now the proprietor of Anthony Sinclair, and he has kindly had a Connery-style Conduit Cut suit made for us to display - as well as a tuxedo in the style which Connery wore in Dr. No."

Designing 007 is open until September 5.

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