Griffith and Queensland Ballet explore the Secret Life of Costumes

Griffith University is continuing a three-year partnership with Queensland Ballet with the opening of an exciting new exhibition called The Secret Life of Costumes.

The exhibition is now showing at the Thomas Dixon Centre and features amazing costumes from classic and beloved ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and more contemporary works of Dangerous Liaison’s and Little Green Road to Fairy Land.

The exhibition, which runs from 21 July until 22 September, features visually spectacular costumes and offers people the opportunity to see the pieces up close.

Caitlin Fraser (QCA Galleries Intern), Julia Anderson (QCA staff), Noelene Hill and Rani Luther (QB staff), Andrew Willis and Nicola Holly (QCA Staff)

Queensland College of Art (QCA) Galleries Manager Nicola Holly said QCA was delighted to help curate these amazing costumes to show the talented costume work of the Queensland Ballet.

“We are extremely proud to work with Queensland Ballet to help shine a light on the amazing craftspeople and costume designers which are truly world class,” Ms Holly said.

“All the pieces tell a story in themselves, and it is such an amazing exhibition to see the incredible detail in these pieces that you don’t necessarily see when you watch them on performers on the stage.”

QCA student and Queensland Ballet intern Caitlin Fraser co-curated the exhibition with Queensland Ballet’s Resident Designer and Costume Archivist Noelene Hill said it was an amazing opportunity for her.

“It is wonderful to be able to work in partnership with Queensland Ballet as I am studying, and it has been really exciting to visually play with the different costumes,” she said.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with a world-class company, Queensland Ballet, on such an exciting project.”

Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law) Professor Scott Harrison said Queensland Ballet and Griffith University have a shared commitment.

“It is so wonderful to see our partnership is already making the creative arts accessible to the community through exhibitions like The Secret Life of Costumes,” Professor Harrison said.

“We are so proud that our world class creative arts programs and partnerships with institutes like Queensland Ballet provide opportunities for our students and researchers gain experience as we well forge the next generation of creative artists to create a better future for all. “

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Scott Harrison.

The Secret Lives of Costumes is FREE and on display at the Thomas Dixon Centre from 15 July to 22 September 2022. The exhibition will be complemented by a program of ticketed talks, workshops, and events.