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2001/84/53 Performance costume, 'Cockatoo', fabric / aluminium / metal / feather, designed by Karin Thorn, made by Ceremonies Costume Workshop, used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, 1996. Click to enlarge.

'Cockatoo' performance costume used in the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games

Made
The 'Cockatoo' costume was designed by Karen Thorn with Peter Cooke, Peter England, Justin Kurzel and Gordon Burns. The costume featured in the Flag Handover segment of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The costume features a body harness, into which a pair of light weight wings could be inserted. The 'feathers' on the costume are made from hand-painted fabric. It was worn by a girl from the NSW Performing Arts Unit.

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Summary

Object No.

2001/84/53

Object Statement

Performance costume, 'Cockatoo', fabric / aluminium / metal / feather, designed by Karin Thorn, made by Ceremonies Costume Workshop, used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, 1996

Physical Description

Consists of a headdress, body harness, shorts, tail and wings. The headdress is built on a frame made from metal and felt, decorated with white feathers around the base and large yellow feathers in the centre. The body harness is built on a corset that has been covered with synthetic white material. The shorts are made from skin coloured elasticised synthetic material. A curved metal framework forms the shape of the tail. The framework has been covered with white synthetic material. There is a harness at the top of the tail to attach the tail around the waist of the wearer. The two wings consist of a metal frame covered in white synthetic material. The wings attach to the body harness by two metal screws. Strips of synthetic white, yellow and black material have been attached across the surface of the body harness, shorts, tail and wings to give a feathered effect.

Production

Notes

In late 1994 Ric Birch sent out an invitation to the world's designers to come up with a seven minute 'show' which would communicate to the world that the next Olympics would be held in Sydney, Australia.

Although many groups both in Australia and from the world sent in ideas, Birch chose a group of NIDA design students and staff to carry through their initial ideas. He teamed the NIDA staff and students with director and choreographer Stephen Page and a team of experts in the field of inflatable costumes and props. The core design group spent the next 6 months developing and refining their ideas for the ceremony.

History

Notes

Worn by a professional dancer in the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Presented to the Powerhouse Museum by the Olympic Coordination Authority, on behalf of the NSW Government

Source

Credit Line

Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection. Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001

Acquisition Date

5 October 2001

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Cockatoo' performance costume used in the Closing Ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 July 2021, <https://ma.as/504135>

Wikipedia

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