Kylie’s ‘Folies’ Live On …

Kylie Minogue on stage during her 2011 Les Folies/ Aphrodite Tour. Costume designed by Dolce & Gabbana and donated to Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection earlier 2015. Photographer unknown.
Kylie Minogue on stage during her 2011 Les Folies/ Aphrodite Tour. Costume designed by Dolce & Gabbana and donated to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection earlier 2015. Photographer unknown.

We all love a costume that speaks to the diva within and no-one does it better than Kylie. But what happens to those elaborate stage costumes once the lights go down and the road cases leave the stadium? Enter the textiles conservator. Costumes such as this black-feathered full-length gown designed by Dolce & Gabbana for Kylie Minogue’s 2011 Les Folies/ Aphrodite Tour are designed to dazzle the eye and to withstand the rigours of nightly performance. They are not designed with long-term storage in mind. Lay them flat and the elaborate boning under the skirt will warp, hang it and the skirt will lose its shape as gravity kicks in.

The solution? A custom-made aluminium pannier.

Conservator making a custom-made aluminium pannier. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection
Conservator making a custom-made aluminium pannier. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

The pannier is placed over the all-important gold bodysuit around which the entire suite of costumes was designed …

Custom-made aluminium pannier. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection.
The pannier is placed over the body suit. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection.

Et voilà!

Skirt with attached black vinyl bodice is placed over the bodysuit and pannier. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection
Skirt with attached black vinyl bodice is placed over the bodysuit and pannier. Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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