Kylie Back On Stage In Major New Melbourne Exhibition

20 September 2016

The stunning stagecraft of one of Australia’s most celebrated performers is on show at Arts Centre Melbourne in a new exhibition, Kylie on Stage.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley was at Arts Centre Melbourne today for the world premiere of the free exhibition which draws from the spectacular stage costumes of Australian cultural icon and national treasure, Kylie Minogue.

The exhibition includes costumes and objects from Kylie tours dating back to 1989. The vast majority of items are part of the Arts Centre’s extensive Australian Performing Art Collection.

The exhibition also features a selection of designs, working drawings, photographs and footage that explore the creative process behind the costumes and provide rare glimpses into the world backstage.

Testimony to her status as a fashion and cultural icon, some of the world’s greatest designers have created costumes for Kylie over the years – and many of these costumes feature in the exhibition.

The designers include Dolce & Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as local designers including Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett.

Kylie on Stage is the first exhibition in over a decade to explore Kylie’s stagecraft. The last time the Arts Centre staged an exhibition of Kylie’s costumes (2004-05), it attracted almost 300,000 people locally – and went on to become one of the most visited exhibitions at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Kylie on Stage is a free exhibition and will be open daily at Arts Centre Melbourne from 21 September 2016 to 22 January 2017. For further details, visit: Link .

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“We’ve all watched in awe as Kylie conquered the world and established herself as one the icons of international music, fashion and culture – she is a true creative Victorian.”

“In addition to the stunning costumes, this exhibition also showcases the creative process involved in bringing Kylie to the stage and the many artists involved behind the scenes.”

Quotes attributable to Kylie Minogue

Touring and live performance has been such a big part of my life and my development as an artist, so I’m thrilled that Arts Centre Melbourne are staging this free national exhibition.”

“I’m excited for fans to get up close and personal with my costumes and to get a glimpse behind the curtain to see some of the design process.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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