Do you have a favorite Bond? Me – I fancy Timothy Dalton‘s steely-blue Thunderbirds gaze, comic-book blue-black forelock and jaw square enough to cut nougat. Daniel Craig’s Bond is too nuggety and fair for my liking, but I can’t deny that Skyfall is my favorite Bond film of all time. This may be because of Ben Whishaw dreamily faffing around in Prada button-downs and natty glasses, or Javier Bardem’s deliciously mad deserted-island villain.

But, I digress. This week Ruby Assembly was delighted to support the opulent Dressed To Kill fundraiser event for Wear for Success. On the cards: an exclusive showing of Designing 007 : Fifty Years of Bond Style, in addition to fancy drinks and food for a good cause. That cause? Wear For Success is a Melbourne-based charity which provide all the accoutrements that a bloke needs to find a job : think shoes, suits, ties, shirts, an updated CV and interview skills. Valuable, no?

Oh, you!

Although not a strictly blacktie event, most attendees rose to the challenge and donned their best tuxedos or gowns. How dapper is Dennis Mills, CEO of Track Right Technology and board member of Wear For Success? Dapper.
Guests arrive a-sparkling at Melbourne Museum, heading to the Bond Bar for pre-exhibition canapes and champagne. Schwing!

A stylish punter channels ‘Oddjob’ with a tinfoil-lethal bowler hat and drawn-on moustache.


Bond Bar’s glittery surrounds and plush leather couches require mandatory posing.

The event’s catering was by Peter Rowland catering, and was served on Bond-themed trays …. including porkfloss buns served in a Bondian briefcase!
Graham Seldon of Seldon Gill Consulting thanks attendees and talks about Wear For Success’ programs and networking groups. Of Wear For Success, Graham says ““Our aim is to work with the clients to see what they want, what makes them feel comfortable and confident. It’s about enhancing their distinctive look, and, hopefully, because clothes can do this, increasing their confidence to go out into the world.”

Looking fine, Sir. I said.

If you are a small or medium business looking to become involved in a not-for-profit organisation with strong networks and great community outcomes, look closer at a relationship with Wear For Success.