A celebration of iconic Aussie musician Kylie Minogue will open at Arts Centre Melbourne in September.
The free exhibition, Kylie On Stage, will focus on some of the singer’s most magical moments from concert tours throughout her career, featuring costumes dating as far back as 1989.
“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,” says Kylie of the upcoming exhibition.
Fans can expect to see pieces from international designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, John Galliano, Julien Macdonald, Karl Lagerfeld and John Paul Gaultier as well as Australian talents Peter Morrissey and Mark Burnett, alongside a selection of designs, working drawings, photographs and footage exploring the creative process behind each featured piece.
The exhibition has been made possible thanks to a large donation from Kylie herself, directly benefiting the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Performing Arts Collection. Established in 1975, it is now Australia’s largest specialist collection, documenting the country’s circus, dance, music, opera, and theatre heritage.
“The last time Arts Centre Melbourne staged an exhibition of Kylie’s costumes, over a decade ago, it attracted almost 300,000 people locally, and went on to become one of the most visited exhibitions at the V&A in London. With even more spectacular costumes, Kylie On Stage is set to be another big drawcard for our creative state,” says Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries.
Kylie On Stage will open in late September at Arts Centre Melbourne, running until January 2017. More information can be found at the Arts Centre Melbourne website.
Photo credit: Kylie Minogue backstage, Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2006, photograph by William Baker