Gillian Armstrong’s effervescent rock musical comedy Starstruck and its outrageous costumes were influenced by the kitsch aesthetic of early 1980s music videos.
The cult hit is one of the inaugural Australian films digitally restored as part of NFSA Restores. Here are two of the film’s fabulous costumes, designed by Terry Ryan and Luciana Arrighi.
The film stars Jo Kennedy (above) and Ross O’Donovan as cousins Jackie and Angus. Hell-bent on being famous, Angus hatches a plan to attract media attention that involves Jackie walking across a high-wire in the city.
Jackie’s eclectic, eccentric costume includes a fur-lined blue flying cap, a pair of sequined silk wings and matching bloomers, a leotard featuring a pair of fake breasts, a yellow leather harness, glittery blue stockings and red boots.