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

Free Exhibition Floor Talks

Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, 2006 Photograph by Jeff Busby
Hugh Jackman as Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, 2006. Costumes designed by Roger Kirk.
Photograph by Jeff Busby

Looking for something cool to do during this hot Melbourne summer? Join us for a series of insightful and engaging free talks in Gallery 1 at Arts Centre Melbourne! Hosted by All That Glitters curator Margot Anderson, these talks are a rare opportunity to learn about the art of designing, making and performing in stage costume.

The Stage Wardrobe of Dame Joan Sutherland
Trish Butterworth, Costume Maker, Opera Australia
Wednesday 22 January, 1pm

The Boy From Oz and Beyond
Roger Kirk, Costume Designer
Friday 24 January, 1pm

Costume and the Dancer
Juliet Burnett, Senior Artist, The Australian Ballet
Wednesday 5 February, 1pm

These events are presented by Arts Centre Melbourne as part of the exhibition All That Glitters.
All That Glitters will be on display in Gallery 1 until 23 February 2014.

Costume Gallery – All That Glitters

This gallery showcases some of the wonderful costumes in our Performing Arts Collection. You can currently see these costumes (and many, many more!) on display at Arts Centre Melbourne in the free exhibition, All That Glitters. This exhibition celebrates the vision behind these costumes, the creativity and skill of those who created them, and the show-stopping performances that brought them to life.

All That Glitters will be on display in Gallery 1 until 23 February 2014.