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Strictly dancing shoes

April 9th, 2014 by

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Shoes are tried and tested subject for still life drawing. They make great photography subjects too. This beautiful shot by Powerhouse photographer Marinco Kojdanovski shows how a simple subject can make an interesting composition.  The sight of a collection of uninhabited shoes with no context in view immediately arouses curiosity about who they belong to and how they would be worn.

The shoes (and boots) belong to some of the dancers performing in Strictly Ballroom: the musical and were photographed by Marinco at one of the rehearsals for the stage show at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney.

Costumes from the original movie Strictly Ballroom are now on display at the Powerhouse Museum in the Strictly Ballroom  Story which features cotumes from the  Baz Luhrmann movie collection,  created by Catherine Martin and generously donated to the Museum in 1991.

 

 

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski

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Strictly flamenco

April 8th, 2014 by

Detail: 92/1929 Film costume, `Strictly Ballroom', women's, `Final Festival', polyester/sequins/beads/diamantes/leather, M&A Film Corporation Pty Ltd/Angus Strathie/Barrie Lowe, Sydney, Australia, 1991

By popular demand we are featuring more image details from the beautiful costumes in the  Baz Luhrmann movie collection. The collection was created by Catherine Martin and generously donated to the Museum in 1991.

This flamenco style dress was worn by Tara Morice in the M & A Film Corporation production of the film `Strictly Ballroom’, while playing the part of Fran in the final dance sequence with Scott ( Paul Mercurio).

 

The costume was designed by Angus Strathie who graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1988. He has since worked with the Canberra Theatre Company and the Australian Opera. His designs for `Strictly Ballroom’ are based on the costumes worn by real competitive ballroom dancers.

The dress was made by Angus Strathie’s mother to give it a `home made look’,

You can see this costumes and others from the original movie Strictly Ballroom in the Strictly Ballroom  Story at the Powerhouse Museum.

92/1929 Film costume, `Strictly Ballroom', women's, `Final Festival', polyester/sequins/beads/diamantes/leather, M&A Film Corporation Pty Ltd/Angus Strathie/Barrie Lowe, Sydney, Australia, 1991

 

92/1929 Film costume, `Strictly Ballroom', women's, `Final Festival', polyester/sequins/beads/diamantes/leather, M&A Film Corporation Pty Ltd/Angus Strathie/Barrie Lowe, Sydney, Australia, 1991

 

Photography: Marinco Kojdanovski and Sotha Bourn

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Catherine Martin’s Oscars dress

April 7th, 2014 by

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This is the dress that Catherine Martin wore to accept her Oscars award.  This beautiful dress was made by Miuccia Prada and is on display in our new exhibition ‘The Strictly Ballroom Story’ that is now open.  We are featuring three of her stunning dresses alongside her many awards.

The exhibition celebrates the sequinned splendour of the hit stage and screen musical and tells the Strictly Ballroom story through design drawings, cast and set photos, performance and rehearsal clips. A highlight is 40 dazzling original costumes created by four time Oscar winner Catherine Martin which played a critical role in creating the larger than life quality of the film.

Photography by Paula Bray

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The Strictly Ballroom Story

April 4th, 2014 by

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This photograph is one of many beautiful details  shot by staff photographer Marinco Kojdanovski in the basement of the Powerhouse Museum while documenting costumes from M & A Film Corporation production of the film Strictly Ballroom. This detail shows the sumptuous pink and purple shot silk of a jacket worn by Barry Otto in his role as Doug Hastings in the film. The reflective properties of the fabric can be seen in the difference between the detail above and the one below.

According to Wikipedia, shot silk is made up of silk woven from warp and weft yarns of two or more colours to produce an iridescent appearance.  A “shot” is a single throw of the bobbin that carries the weft thread through the warp. The effect of the colour changing with the angle of light makes it perfect for the stage and, of course, the ballroom. Other garments made from shot silk can be viewed via the Powerhouse Museum online collection database.

The jacket, designed by Angus Strathie, was made by Tony Bonici of Sydney and worn with a clip-on black polyester bow tie, made by Stay On of Australia. Angus Strathie’s designs for Strictly Ballroom were based on the costumes worn by real competitive ballroom dancers. The costume  is part of  Baz Luhrmann movie collection,  created by Catherine Martin and generously donated to the Museum in 1991. You can see this costume and others from the original movie Strictly Ballroom in the Strictly Ballroom  Story, at the Powerhouse Museum.

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Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski

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Dance Central 2

April 3rd, 2014 by

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This was photographed in our ‘Game Masters’ exhibition and features the game ‘Dance Central 2′ which is proving to be very popular with our visitors.  This is a rhythm game developed by Harmonix exclusively for the Xbox 360 Kinect.

The Dance Central (2010) series makes use of Microsoft’s Kinect camera technology. As a dance party game, Dance Central allows players to learn a series of dance routines and scores their performance ability and accuracy. Dance Central 2 (2011) enhances the social aspect of the game by introducing 2-player multiplayer and an improved dance battle mode.

You can find out more about the games over on the Game Masters website

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski

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Mr A.W. Green

April 2nd, 2014 by

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This photograph of this very stylish and urbane looking man in evening dress seems appropriate in the lead up to the Strictly Ballroom display that opens on Saturday April 5, although ballroom dancing is not listed among this gentlemen’s impressive list of achievements.

The portrait  shows Mr A.W. Green, president of the Cricket Association of New South Wales, senior public servant,  philanthropist and supporter of the arts.  According to his obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald  (August 22, 1935), Alfred William Green commenced 40 year’s continuous service with the Cricket Association in 1895. In the same year, after 23 years in a variety of public service positions, he was appointed Chief Superintendent of Government Asylums. He was also chairman for the executive committee of Dr Barnardo’s Homes and president of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement. His many other roles included assistant secretary of the British Medical Association in New South Wales and assistant secretary of the Medical Union of New South Wales.

Despite Mr Green’s formal dress, with one hand in his pocket and the other holding a cigar, he gives the impression of  having just stepped out from a formal function to enjoy a smoke in the garden. The countryside scenery depicted in the backdrop is an example of the trend of bringing the ‘outdoors in’ in late 19th and early 20th century studio photography.

 

Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian

 

Photography by Kerry & Co. Tyrrell collection, 85/1286-759

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Strictly bolero

April 1st, 2014 by

Detail: 92/1928 Film costume, `Strictly Ballroom', men's, `Final Festival', wool/nylon/sequins/cotton/leather, M&A Film Corporation Pty Ltd/Angus Strathie, Sydney, Australia, 1991 Basement storage.

This image is another detail from the fabulous costumes that we hold in our Baz Luhrmann movie collection. The collection was put together by Catherine Martin and generously donated to the Museum in 1991.

This detail is from the famous bolero jacket worn by Paul Mercurio in the M & A Film Corporation production of the film `Strictly Ballroom.’

The costume was designed by Angus Strathie who graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1988. He has since worked with the Canberra Theatre Company and the Australian Opera. His designs for `Strictly Ballroom’ are based on the costumes worn by real competitive ballroom dancers. The jacket was made by M & A Film Corporation wardrobe staff.

We are preparing to launch ‘The Strictly Ballroom story’ a new exhibition celebrating the sequinned splendour of the hit stage and screen musical. We reveal the Strictly Ballroom story through design drawings, cast and set photos, performance and rehearsal clips. The exhibition will open 5th April.

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Strictly Ballroom costumes being prepared for exhibition in the Museum’s textile store

Photography by Marinco Kojdanovski
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Portrait E. De Vere

March 31st, 2014 by

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The highly decorative piece of vertical Art Nouveau style text at the top right of this image spells out the name ‘E. Devere’.  Another photograph of Elise De Vere was posted on  Photo of the Day on March 20. This photograph, from the collection of Amy and Lindy Hall,  is the only portrait  in that collection to show a close up view of the subject in profile.

Elise De Vere, the daughter of two British stage magicians, was described in the New York Times as a chanteuse excentrique who had appeared with success in Vienna, Berlin and Paris.  In 1899, when she was twenty, she won second prize in a beauty competition organised by the Olympia Theatre in Paris. (First prize was awarded to Jean Dortzal).  She even inspired a popular song in France. In 1903, having been spotted by Florenz Ziegfeld, she appeared on Broadway in The Red Feather.

There was a great demand for photographs of performers along with royalty and other celebrities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The portability of postcards made them highly collectible and popular as gifts and mementoes.

The postcard is part of a collection made by Amy and Lindy Hall of West Maitland, New South Wales, between 1905 and 1925. More postcards from this collection can be viewed on the Powerhouse Museum online collection database.

 

Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian

Photography by Musterschutz

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Washing day at RPA in about 1902

March 28th, 2014 by

85/1285-1041 Glass negative, full plate, 'Prince Alfred Hospital from University, Sydney', Henry King, Sydney, Australia, c. 1880-1900

This image from the Tyrrell Collection shows the laundry block at the rear of Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in about 1902. The view is taken from Sydney University and shows lines of linen hanging out to dry. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was the largest hospital in Australia at the time, and there were only seven or eight larger in Britain, the United States or Europe.

It is interesting to consider what would have happened in the event of a sudden storm (as happens quite frequently in Sydney).  Laundries at the time required much heavy labour and would have employed a lot of staff; so when the storm clouds loomed it was probably all hands on deck to bring in the sheets!

Post by Lynne McNairn, Web and Social Technologies

Photography: Henry King, c 1902

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Filming at La Perouse

March 27th, 2014 by

 

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This photograph was taken in February 2012 at La Perouse during the preparation of the Faith Fashion Fusion exhibition which was on display at the Powerhouse Museum till July 2013 and is currently on show at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne.

The model in the picture is Oishee Alam – Bangladedeshi-born academic and activist who migrated to Australia in 1991 and whose story is featured in the exhibition. Behind the camera are Glynis Jones, curator who made the exhibition happen, and Kathleen Phillips – our video producer.

Faith, fashion, fusion examines Australia’s emerging modest fashion market and diversity of Muslim fashion  through the stories of fashion designers, retailers, bloggers and new generation of Muslim women interested in stylish, yet modest clothing, which meets their cultural, religious and aesthetic needs.

 Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski.

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