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The Dressmaker: movie costume exhibition comes to Canberra

The super successful exhibition showcasing the sublime costumes from the film The Dressmaker opens for the last time this April in Oz and we’re extremely excited.

You’ve read the book, you’ve watched the film, now you have the opportunity to see the costumes up close and personal in the new exhibition opening in Canberra this week.

If you were gripped by the story and blown away by the elegant visions brought to life on screen, then you’re going to need to book your tickets fast for this much anticipated event.

The Dressmaker – Universal Pictures

The costume show opens its doors for the last few months of its major tour on Thursday 18th April, at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and is set to bring in the crowds.

And understandably so, as the chance to admire award-winning Australian costume designer, Marion Boyce’s exquisite creations for the last time, is not one you can let pass you by.

Transporting you from ‘1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra’, viewers will be able to eyeball the spectacular pieces worn by Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving to mention just a few.

The Dressmaker – Universal Pictures

The atmospheric film – which sees Kate as the lead as a flawless seamstress on the hunt for revenge after being accused of murder as a child – is a genius combination of dark plotlines mixed with stunning Haute Couture.

And it works a treat. The story was originally a novel by Rosalie Ham, where it was left upto the reader to envision the heroine’s exceptional sewing skills, but Marion’s translation of the designs from page to screen are a real delight.

No detail has been scrimped on, from the impeccable 1950s tailoring to sumptuous use of fabric for the elaborate ballgowns, Marion and her team have truly brought imagination to life.

The Dressmaker – Universal Pictures

Marion is no stranger to curation though, with four exhibitions featuring her work –  including her designs for popular Ozzie TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – in the bag already.

Aswell as this, Marion has designed for numerous TV movies and TV series including The Feds in the 90s, Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King and The Hollowmen.

She’s also no stranger to a trophy, having won Australian Academy of Cinema and Television awards for Best Costume Design in Television for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Best Costume Design for The Dressmaker.

ABC TV / Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Alongside oggling the design and making team’s creations, there is also an interesting programme of supplementary events taking place at the center.

Including a conversation, film screening and book signing night with writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse on the 17th May.

Other dates for the diary include a Mother’s Day event on May 12th and the perfect opportunity to dress up at the 1950s ball on April 27th.

The Dressmaker – Universal Pictures

The talented designer’s incredible work will be on show for four months, closing on August 18th, allowing anyone who hasn’t seen it already on tour to grab the final tickets.

Exhibition on from April 18th- August 18th 2019 at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), Canberra.

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