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2011/43/78 Singlet, womens, cotton / silk / rayon, made by Bonds, modified by Akira Isogawa, worn by Catherine Martin, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.2003. Click to enlarge.

Customised Bonds singlet by Akira Isogawa

This customised Bond's singlet was designed by Akira Isogawa, Sydney. It is part of a collection of Australian and international designer clothing, shoes and bags from the personal wardrobe of Catherine Martin.

Catherine Martin is one of Australia's outstanding creative talents, working as a production designer, film producer and costume designer on significant film, theatre and event productions including Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, La Bohème and Australia. Martin's …


Object No.


Object Statement

Singlet, womens, cotton / silk / rayon, made by Bonds, modified by Akira Isogawa, worn by Catherine Martin, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.2003

Physical Description

Customised white cotton Bonds singlet with applied embroidery. Singlet has asymmetrical white silk organza panel applied to front using large stitches worked in bronze thread. Organza panel features bold floral embroidery worked in tones of red, pink, green and purple rayon thread.


3 cloth labels
Red cloth Label - AKIRA
Black Cloth label - Bonds - Made in Australia
White cloth label - laundering instructions



360 mm



Singlet originally manufactured by Bonds, Wentworthville, NSW. Customised by Akira Isogawa in his studio in Sydney.



Purchased from the Akira Isogawa look book.

Catherine Martin was born in Sydney in 1965. She completed a Diploma Design course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. It was here that she met and started working on projects with her future husband and creative partner Baz Luhrmann (b 1962).

Martin's first design project with Luhrmann was his experimental opera entitled Lake Lost devised for the Australian Opera in 1987, for which she and her co-designer Angus Strathie won a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Design. She has designed all of Luhrmann's subsequent productions including Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction, A Midsummer Night's Dream (various season's 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003) Moulin Rouge (2001) for which Martin won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and best Production Design, La Bohème (various productions, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004) and Australia (2008).

Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann married in 1997 and in the same year co-founded their film, theatre and entertainment production company Bazmark Inq and its subsidiaries Bazmark Live and Bazmark Music.


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Catherine Martin, 2011

Acquisition Date

20 June 2011

Cite this Object


Customised Bonds singlet by Akira Isogawa 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 June 2023, <>


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