Film costume, Black Diamonds, from the movie, 'Moulin Rouge', various materials, designed by Baz Luhrmann / Catherine Martin / Angus Strathie, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2000
Black Diamonds costume worn by Nicole Kidman, consisting of beaded & sequined corselet, top hat, gloves, panties, shoes and trapeze.
Tailed corselet of black cotton, covered with heavily jewelled net. The corset has 24 bones, fastening with 14 metal eyelets, with 2 black cotton laces, one above and one below the waist. Insert at hips of quilted black satin. There are 2 padded inserts at each breast. There is a wide black satin panel tacked behind the lacing. The neckline at the front and under the arms is edged with black velvet to protect the wearer from the beads. The corset covered with black net, which fastens over lacing with black hook and eyes. Net heavily covered with sequins, bugle beads and paste diamonds of varying sizes in a fish scale pattern - the beading was carried out by workshops in India. Shoulder straps of black fabric covered with paste diamonds. Neckline at front a shallow 'V' created by the neckline being folded out to create pointed lapels of black velvet edged with diamantes. The black velvet is covered with silver sequins, diamantes, beads and jewels forming star-shaped patterns. The back neckline is straight. The base of corset is scalloped forming a gentle point at centre front, with a large number of strings of silver bugle beads hanging in front of the stomach.
The garment has split tails over the hips of black satin covered with black net which is heavily covered with sequins and 4 rows of large scallops of paste diamantes, under each of which is a fringe of strings of silver bugle beads. Edging the front and base of the tails is a black velvet strip, edged with diamantes and covered with jewels in star-shaped patterns to match the lapels. The tails are lined with black satin and fasten together at the top with 2 large hook and eyes and a large press stud.
Top hat of black beaver skin, edged around the brim with ribbed black braid, made by Rosie Boylan. All around the brim runs 3 lines of diamantes in silver settings. The hat is lined with white polyester and there are small tabs of pink woven horsehair protruding from under the lining.
A pair of full arm-length gloves in soft black kid leather. There is an opening at the wrist which fastens with 4 small round black buttons, made by Chester Jefferies.
Pair of black Lycra support panties with high cut leg.
Pair of black suede healed shoes, with pointed toes, decorated with diamantes. The 4"/10cm stiletto heal is also covered in black suede, around the top of the heel is a ring of rectangular cut diamantes set in silver coloured metal. A narrow black suede strap, which fastens with a small silver buckle, runs all the way round the shoe and is fixed on by a piece of leather stuck over it on the sole. There is a border which runs from half way down the outside edge of the shoe, to cross over the upper, which is decorated with silver diamantes of different sizes and 3 star-shaped jewels set with diamantes.
Black trapeze swing used by Satine in Black Diamonds scene. The large black metal bar has black fabric covered rope suspended from each end by a large bolt fastening. Lower down the ropes are covered with padded black velvet which is dotted with large diamantes and clear paste jewels. Tied around this are two large black tassels and two large metallic silver tassels on black twisted cord. At the base of the black ropes is a cross-bar of metal covered in black velvet, which has a diamante pattern and a large metallic silver tassel suspended from a black wooden ball on each end.