Kylie Donates Significant Costume Collection To Victoria

18 March 2015

One of Victoria’s biggest music exports, singer Kylie Minogue, has handed over a collection of her most spectacular and memorable costumes to the people of Victoria, in a generous donation to Arts Centre Melbourne.

Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, met with Kylie before her performance at Rod Laver Arena tonight to receive the gift. It will become part of Arts Centre Melbourne’s nationally significant Performing Arts Collection.

The 20 costumes, made up of 60 individual items, include outfits designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Kylie’s X2008 tour and the jacket she wore in her debut music video in 1988 with Locomotion – the song that catapulted her to stardom.

Items range from head-dresses and accessories to shoes, and include costumes worn in the video clips for Better Than Today, All the Lovers and Get Outta My Way (2010).

The Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is Australia’s largest and most important collection of performing arts history and traditions. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State Collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre, with more than 600,000 items.

Kylie is performing at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena as part of her Kiss Me Once national tour.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“Though she lives in London and performs right around the world, we still can’t get her out of our head. These costumes join over 300 items that Kylie has donated to the collection over the years.”

“Our Performing Arts Collection is the largest in Australia. It’s part of our status as the cultural capital, and it’s something many locals and tourists come to see. We thank Kylie for making it even better.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley

“In a week in which ‘Neighbours’ celebrates its 30th anniversary, it’s amazing to reflect on Kylie’s career trajectory.”

“Along with our Performing Arts Collection, these costumes tell a story of an amazing career, and the artistry that goes into Kylie’s performances, tours and videos. It’s a story that spans the entirety of the creative industries – music, fashion, dance, screen, theatre and design.”

Quotes attributable to Kylie Minogue

“I'm thrilled to donate more of my costumes from various shows, including 'X2008' and 'Aphrodite Les Folies 2011', to the extensive collection already housed by the Performing Arts Collection.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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