Undressing Priscilla Collection

How many times do I have to tell you? Green is not your colour!

Felicia Jollygoodfellow

Navigating the Exhibition

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We hope you enjoy this exhibition!

Undressing Priscilla

Priscilla was the first film for costume designer Tim Chappel, who was hired by director Stephan Elliott because he had seen his work for Sydney drag shows. The costumes harbour many stories, including a failed experiment with a frock made of Vegemite toast and pom poms produced using prison labour. Tim and colleague Lizzy Gardiner won the 1994 Oscar for Best Costumes.

Tim Chappel Q & A

'An incredibly delicious adventure'

Salsa and Sequins

Tim Chappel: Creating The Green Dress

'I was going for kooky, Sydney drag queens'

Seven Dollar Couture

Tim Chappel: Creating The Thong Dress

'Australia's national shoe - thongs!'

Prisoners and Pom Poms

Tim Chappel: Creating The Wattle Dress

'I'm going to die before I finish this!'

Think you know Priscilla?

Film trivia

1
Director Stephan Elliott has stated that his inspiration for the film was the sight of feathers from a drag queen’s headpiece rolling down an empty street post-Mardi Gras.
2
Many original costumes were destroyed during transportation when the hot glue and sequins melted together in the desert heat.
3
The American Express card dress that Lizzy Gardiner wore to the Oscars was auctioned off for $12,650 to raise funds for AIDS Research.

The End

Aren't we fabulous?

Mitzi Del Bra

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Rebel Penfold-Russell and Tim Chappel, without whom this exhibition would not have been possible.

  • Exhibition Producer: Rebecca Williams
  • Curator: Tenille Hands
  • 360 Degree Photography: Darren Weinert and Tony Rowley
  • Conservation: Shingo Ishikawa
  • Video Production: Terry Stuetz