Exploring fashion in the world of 007 with Llewella Chapman

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Fashioning James Bond

Join author Llewella Chapman as she explores the costumes that made James Bond a star!

Launching her first monograph, Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 (Bloomsbury, 2021), Llewella Chapman will be discussing her journey from researching the history of the costumes and fashions in the James Bond films to the writing and publication of her book.

To inform her research, Llewella drew upon primary sources discovered in archives, interviews with families and employees of key costume personnel, and an analysis of the costumes as well as how they were used in marketing materials in order to tell the story of the agency and creativity of those who worked in James Bond’s wardrobe and how their labour has contributed to the distinctive and impressive visual spectacle throughout Eon Production’s 007 films.

During her talk, Llewella will reveal some of her research discoveries, including the salary costs of wardrobe personnel, costume and wardrobe budgets, designs, wardrobe anecdotes and malfunctions, stories of how the James Bond costumes have been designed and created from script to screen, and how various lifestyle and fashion companies have attempted to use the ‘Midas touch’ of 007 to promote their branded products.

Further details and reviews of Llewella’s book can be viewed here.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase at a discounted price at the event, and for those attending remotely, a discount code will be made available during the talk for use on Bloomsbury’s website.

Dr Llewella Chapman is a visiting scholar in the School of History at the University of East Anglia. Following the publication of Fashioning James Bond, Llewella is currently editing a collection, Raiding Indiana Jones: Histories, Franchises, Legacies (Manchester University Press, 2022), and will be authoring a BFI Film Classic on From Russia With Love (Bloomsbury, 2022). Her research interests include British cinema history, film franchises, costume, and gender.

Please note that this event will be delivered as a 'blended event', meaning it will take place in the Kensington Library lecture hall in front of a socially-distanced audience, and at the same time, the event will be streamed to those joining us online.

All those who book here will get a ticket to join the event ONLINE, via a Zoom webinar. All those who book HERE will receive the LINK TO JOIN 48hrs before the event, and on the day of the event in an email from the library.

The tickets to join us in person in the lecture hall are going to be put on sale soon - look out for a SEPARATE Eventbrite page to book a ticket to join us live.

You'll be able to ask questions or make comments via the Q&A chat after the presentation.


Topic: Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007

Speaker: Dr Llewella Chapman

Location: Online event through Zoom session

Date: 11 November 2021

Time: 22:30 – 23:30 (Tbilisi time)