Valentine's Day 2020 marks 120 years since the (fictional) events at the heart of Picnic at Hanging Rock occurred. Documents and artefacts curator Jenny Gall takes a close look at two of the costumes in Peter Weir's film, released 45 years ago in 1975. They also feature in our online exhibition about Picnic at Hanging Rock.
The NFSA collects costumes as evidence of the creative process of filmmaking. In presenting costumes from the collection online and in exhibition spaces, we seek to provide audiences with an understanding of how costumes create character, and to acknowledge the skilled teams who translate the designer’s vision into clothing that supports the film.