NFSA Live: Inside the Archive – Iconic Costumes

17 July
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Next in our series of NFSA Live online events we are excited to present an exclusive peek inside the NFSA costumes collection, with a special presentation from curator Jenny Gall.  

Presenting original costumes from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), TV movie Mabo (2012) and the documentary Women He’s Undressed (2015), Jenny will share some insights into how we preserve these items, as well as tips on how to keep your most treasured garments at home safe.  

Passionate about the collection, costumes and vintage fashion, Jenny will take the audience through an introduction to early influences on costume and discuss the transformative nature of costumes – both in Australian cinema, and in our personal lives. 

Join us online on Friday 17 July for this special presentation and ask questions via the chat following the talk.

Register Now

Register now to be reminded before we go live, or go directly to NFSA Live from 6pm AEST on 17 July to view the live stream. We hope to see you then! 

About Jenny Gall 

Jenny Gall is a curator at the NFSA with a special interest in documents, costumes and artefacts. She contributes articles on costume design to Bloomsbury's Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Her article ‘The Getting of Wisdom: Learning from Anna Senior' will be published later this year in the Bloomsbury publication, Performance Costume – New Perspectives and Method.  

Jenny has developed an addiction for antique textiles and will talk about some of these pieces in her talk, in relation to how fabric, clothing and costumes function as a second skin.


Main image: Deborah Mailman (right) as Bonita Mabo in the ABC telemovie Mabo (Rachel Perkins, Australia, 2012).