Scowls and Cowls: Grace Jones, Costume Design, and A View to a Kill

Nick Jones, Laura Mayne

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review


The character of Bond has always been a fashion icon, but in A View to a Kill it is Grace Jones’s henchwoman May Day, outfitted in a range of striking designs by couture designer Azzedine Alaia, who makes the biggest fashion statement. In this chapter, we explore these outfits in detail and consider them in relation to the costuming of the other characters in order to show the importance of clothing to character, action and story.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUntitled James Bond Collection
PublisherWallflower Press
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • fashion
  • May Day
  • couturier
  • Grace Jones

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