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2015 GAMAA FINALIST: Museum of Brisbane


Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood was an exhibition developed by Museum of Brisbane that offered a rare glimpse into a glamorous and romantic bygone era of filmmaking. The exhibition, featuring 69 garments, was drawn from the collection of Nicholas Inglis, a Brisbane resident with a personal family connection to Brisbane’s cinematic past. Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood was the first time that these costumes have been exhibited as a collection anywhere in the world. Museum of Brisbane used the collection to create a grand narrative about the era – the stars, the films, the genres, the designers, the importance of costumes, the end of the era and its enduring legacy. Each costume had its story displayed with it, as well as an original film still of the costume being worn on screen.

The Museum worked with textile conservator, Tess Evans, to have the garments prepared for the exhibition to showcase the collection at its best. Tess recently won Australian Conservator of the Year at the AICCM awards for her work on the project.

Museum of Brisbane's Deputy Director, Christopher Salter, accepting a GAMAA Finalist award from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler, for Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Photographer LeAnne Vincent.


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