Created by Australian designer Marion Boyce, each ensemble reflects rigorous attention to historical detail, offers tribute to high-end Parisian fashion of the 1950s and demonstrates a mastery of fabric and technique.
The exhibition highlights iconic pieces from the film, complete with accessories and millinery, but also takes you 'behind the seams' to discover the world of art finishing, production and how the whole spectrum of looks from the film was achieved.
Tilly’s elegant costumes were designed separately by Margot Wilson, to set her style apart from the other townspeople.
Boyce and Wilson were awarded Best Costume Design at the AACTA Awards (2015) and were nominated for Excellence in Period Film at the international Costume Designers Guild Awards (2016), for their work on The Dressmaker.
The Dressmaker collection
To mark the opening of the exhibition we've published a curated collection on The Dressmaker.
The Dressmaker is based on the novel by Rosalie Ham and comes from the filmmaking team of director Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin.
The collection includes highlights from the film and behind-the-scenes interviews with actors Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth as well as insights from Jocelyn Moorhouse, Sue Maslin and costume designers Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson.
Here's Hugo Weaving, in an exclusive interview with the NFSA, discussing the importance to actors of costumes and the work of the costume designer: