Swarovski and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosted a costume design masterclass with Lindy Hemming, best known for her work styling five James Bond films over an eleven-year period, as well as her BAFTA nominations for The Dark Knight and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
During the event, which Swarovski supported to celebrate its 85 year history on stage and screen, Lindy Hemming introduced students and professionals to her award-winning work. She has a longstanding partnership with Swarovski and has used the company’s crystals to embellish costumes from Halle Berry’s slinky dress in Die Another Day to Catwoman’s mask in The Dark Knight Rises.
Lindy Hemming spoke to press and young people from Hong Kong film and design schools invited to attend the event, where topics discussed included designing for different film genres, such as action/thriller, realism and fantasy, and working with actors and directors.
Alongside the masterclass, guests were given a tour of a Swarovski costume showcase featuring Hemming’s work on the James Bond film, Casino Royale.
Other items on display in the exhibition included costumes from Thor and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as stunning jewelry pieces worn by Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. Off screen and on stage, other highlights included vintage Madonna costumes created by Dolce & Gabbana using Swarovski crystal.
The masterclass forms part of Swarovski’s long term collaboration with the entertainment industry and BAFTA. Atelier Swarovski was the Official Jewelry Partner and Gift Provider of the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 and in London, Swarovski co-hosted a BAFTA Masterclass with costume designer Sandy Powell in December 2015.
Lindy Hemming is a British costume designer, who won the Academy Award for Costume
Design for Topsy-Turvy (1999), as well as BAFTA nominations for The Dark Knight (2008), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Porterhouse Blue (1987). She has designed costumes for productions at West End theatres, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, and has also created costumes for the James Bond films from Golden Eye (1995) to Casino Royale (2006).