Performance costume, 'Factory Truck Assistant', designed by Jennifer Irwin, made by Motoman, used in Closing Ceremony of Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000
The Factory Truck Assistant costume was designed by Jennifer Irwin. The complete costume consisted of a pair of
Jennifer Irwin (born Sydney 1958) has designed costumes for numerous Australian dance and theatre productions. Her designs for dance have been seen on stage in 24 countries. She has designed costumes for over 25 works by the Sydney Dance Company and has worked extensively with director and choreographer Stephen Page on his productions for the Bangarra Dance Theatre and for the Australian Ballet. Also with Stephen Page, Irwin designed costumes for the Opening Ceremony for the Festival of the Dreaming (1998) and for Tubowgule - the Opening Ceremony for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival. Irwin also designed the costumes for the Official Ceremony for the Centenary of Federation on 1 January 2001.
Jennifer Irwin's many costume design commissions for dramatic works include collaborations with directors Gale Edwards and Marion Potts for the Sydney Theatre Company and with Neil Armfield for Company B at the Belvoir St Theatre.
Irwin was awarded a Theatre Board (Australia Council) grant to study scenic design at La Scala Opera in Milan, Italy.
Her designs for the Closing Ceremony demonstrate her unique talent of infusing contemporary, cutting edge design with a sensitivity and understanding of dance, movement and cultural significance.
Maker name Motoman
The costume was worn by one of several Factory Truck Assistants during the Heroes Segment of the Closing Ceremony.
Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government