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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition opens in Canberra in April

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HAUTE COUTURE: Kate Winslet as Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage in The Dressmaker. Costumes from the movie are going on display in Canberra.

HAUTE COUTURE: Kate Winslet as Myrtle 'Tilly' Dunnage in The Dressmaker. Costumes from the movie are going on display in Canberra.

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Haute couture costumes from the Australian film The Dressmaker will go on display in Canberra this month. From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original c...

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Haute couture costumes from the Australian film The Dressmaker will go on display in Canberra this month.

From 1950s Dungatar to 2019 Canberra, the original costumes from the hit film will be unveiled at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia on April 18.

The exhibition, designed by Marion Boyce, features a range of haute couture worn by the film's stars.

Audiences will be able to go "behind the seams" of a diverse range of elegant vintage fashion worn by Hollywood stars and home-grown acting talents including Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook, Judy Davis and Rebecca Gibney.

The costumes were created by award-winning designer Marion Boyce who researched the work of Parisian couturiers at that time.

"We wanted a palette of colours, almost jewel-like, amidst this dusty outback environment to showcase Tilly's sumptuous designs," she said.

Film and Sound Archive chief executive Jan Muller said costumes can become as iconic as the films they were created for "and The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is a perfect example of fashion, design and storytelling working together in perfect harmony".

The Dressmaker is a 2015 comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham.

It tells the story of Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) who, as a child, was blamed for a crime she didn't commit.

After years in exile, working in Paris fashion houses, she returns to her remote home town, Dungatar.

Tilly reconciles with her eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis) and falls in love with Teddy (Liam Hemsworth). Armed with her sewing machine and sense of style, she transforms the women of the town and rights the wrongs of the past.

  • The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, April 18 to August 18, 1800-067-274, nfsa.gov.au/thedressmaker
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