Inspired by: Jean Paul Gaultier, James Bond

His name is Bond, James Bond. The tuxedoed agent 007 has been the ultimate role model for men’s fashion for more than 4 decades, with 6 different actors and 23 films. Jean Paul Gaultier has once again been inspired by what he’s seen on the silver screen. This time it was for his Fall 2011 Menswear Collection, which he presented last month. There were tuxedoes, guns, champagne, wetsuits, high-tech looking vests, and gadgety sunglasses featured in this collection. But what’s a Bond-inspired collection without a Bond Girl? Yes, he had that too, by using androgynous male model Andrej Pejic.

I went to my local library and picked up the 8 James Bond movies they had available, and just from these movies I found countless tuxedos, 2 fur coats worn by Bond Girls, 5 wetsuits, champagne, guns, high-tech gadgets, and well, you get the picture. Gaultier had all of these things in his collection, so I can only imagine what I would have ended up with had I watched all 23 films.

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In the following 3 stills you can the examples of suits, guns, and champagne as you see in the images from Gaultier’s collection above.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Eon Productions and Danjaq | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Eon Productions and Danjaq | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

Casino Royal (2006) MGM, Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Martin Campbell.

Casino Royal (2006) MGM, Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Martin Campbell.

Adding a bit of humor to his collection, Gaultier features half-suit/half-wetsuit looks, the classic James Bond move of taking off a wetsuit to reveal a perfectly dry tuxedo underneath, à la Sean Connery in Goldfinger (as seen in the before and after stills below) and Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day .

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Goldfinger (1964) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

Goldfinger (1964) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

Goldfinger (1964) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

Goldfinger (1964) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

At this point (above), Pierce Brosnan has just gotten out of the freezing water in Iceland. This is the shot where he is taking off his wetsuit and the following shot, he’s magically back to being his dapper self (with the exception of his wet hair) wearing a cashmere turtleneck, which is dry of course.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

A View to Kill (1985) Eon Productions, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

A View to Kill (1985) Eon Productions, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

 

 

And now, the Bond women and their fur coats. Again, this is only from the 8 films I collected stills from, I’m sure there are countless others.

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Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

The only thing Gaultier missed out on was having Andrej Pejic wear a bikini to complete the James Bond theme, but that would have been going a bit too far. Here are a few examples.

Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

Dr. No (1962) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tessa Prendergast (as Tessa Welborn) | Director, Terence Young.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Tiny Nicholls | Director, John Glen.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Eon Productions and Danjaq | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Eon Productions and Danjaq | Costume Designer, Elsa Fennell | Director, Guy Hamilton.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Eon Productions, Danjaq | Costume Designer, Rosemary Burrows | Director, Lewis Gilbert.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Eon Productions, Danjaq | Costume Designer, Rosemary Burrows | Director, Lewis Gilbert.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

Die Another Day (2002) Eon Production, Danjaq, MGM | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Lee Tamahori.

Casino Royal (2006) MGM, Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Martin Campbell.

Casino Royal (2006) MGM, Columbia Pictures, Eon Productions | Costume Designer, Lindy Hemming | Director, Martin Campbell.

Also last month, John Barry, the multi-award winner who wrote the score for 11 of the James Bond films died on January 30th. He wrote the James Bond theme song.

 

 

Jean Paul Gaultier  Fall 2011 Menswear Collection, photos courtesy of Style.com.

 

© 2011 – 2015, Louise Junker.

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