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Costume, performance, synthetic cloth, used by Marcia Hines, made by Mark Kennedy, Australia, 1975-1979.

Made by Kennedy, Mark in Australia, Oceania, 1975-1979.

Costume, performance, synthetic cloth, used by Marcia Hines, made by Mark Kennedy, Australia, 1975-1979.

Calf length fitted womans dress made of [satin] synthetic cloth in a patchwork pattern of pink, red, light blue, dark blue, green, purple, with bugle bead trim at neck and edge of sleeves. Tailored bodice featuring plunging V at front and back, long flaring three quarter length sleeves, with no cuffs. The edge of the sleeves and the neck are finished in blue satin oversewn with rows of beads...

Summary

Object No.

2000/35/1

Physical Description

Costume, performance, synthetic cloth, used by Marcia Hines, made by Mark Kennedy, Australia, 1975-1979.

Calf length fitted womans dress made of [satin] synthetic cloth in a patchwork pattern of pink, red, light blue, dark blue, green, purple, with bugle bead trim at neck and edge of sleeves. Tailored bodice featuring plunging V at front and back, long flaring three quarter length sleeves, with no cuffs. The edge of the sleeves and the neck are finished in blue satin oversewn with rows of beads, loose beads dangling from the V at the back. A line skirt attached at fitted waist. Zipper fastening at centre back. Bugle bead belt loops at waist. The dress is home-made, machine sewn and lined in black synthetic. There is evidence of hand sewn repair on the sleeves.

Black belt made from a strip of Petersham ribbon.

Marks

none

Dimensions

Height

1300 mm

Production

Notes

Designed by Mark Kennedy with input from Marcia Hines. 'I couldn't choose one colour, so I chose them all' (Marcia Hines). Mark Kennedy was Marcia Hines' husband, and the drummer in her band in the mid 1970s. He has been a member of Spectrum, King Harvest, Doug Parkinson In Focus, Ayers Rock and the Renee Geyer Band. He is also a renowned session musician.

Made by Mark Kennedy.

Made

Kennedy, Mark 1975-1979

History

Notes

Worn by Marcia Hines on television and in live appearances.

Biographical note:
Born in Boston, USA, Marcia Hines began her solo singing career at a church festival at the age of nine. When she was 12 she began singing with rhythm and blues groups at dances and church socials. At 14 she won a scholarship to the New England Conservatorium of Music. She later commented, 'I was more interested in the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix than in 'Traviata'. I lasted only three months at the conservatory'.

In 1970 she redirected her musical career when, at the age of 16, she came to Sydney to appear in Harry M Miller's first Australian stage production of the rock musical 'Hair'. As the age of Aquarius dawned on stunned theatre audiences, Hines' talent stood out. Further opportunities began to open up and she decided to remain in Australia. In 1972 she appeared in Miller's Australian production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar', landing the key role of Mary Magdalene which she revisited in 1975 and 1978. She was the first black singer to sing this role.

In 1975 she toured as vocalist with the Daly-Wilson Big Band, including a month-long tour of Russia, a recital at the White House in Washington, USA, and a gig supporting B B King and Wilson Pickett in Las Vegas. On returning to Australia she formed her own band (which included first-rate musicians like Mark Kennedy on drums and Jackie Orszaczky on bass), touring constantly during 1976 and 1977.

The Top 10 success of Hines' first single, a version of James Taylor's 'Fire and rain', and the high sales of her 1975 debut album, 'Marcia shines', represented a major breakthrough for female recording artists in Australia. Her second album, 'Shining' went triple platinum within six months of its release. She was voted Queen of Pop for three consecutive years from 1976. (Australia could accept a black American woman as its Queen of Pop, meanwhile no Aboriginal woman had ever had a record released.) Hines' 1977 single 'You' reached No 1 on the charts and by 1978 she was Australia's all-time biggest-selling locally recorded female artist.

Hines' repertoire was unashamedly middle-of-the-road and appealed to a broad audience. It included slow ballads like 'I just don't know what to do with myself' as well as up-tempo pop numbers such as 'You'. Her versatility came to the fore in 1978 when 'Marcia Hines Music' screened on ABC TV. This six-part series was a spectacular attempt by the ABC at a big musical variety show focusing on one star. It featured lavish costumes designed by the leading fashion designers of the time - Carla Zampatti, Adele Weiss, Prue Acton and Linda Jackson. Hines later commented, 'We made the mistake of trying to have me look sophisticated with expensive gowns ... I really am a jeans and t-shirt person'.

But Marcia Hines really was a trendsetter. When she returned to Australia in 1978 to be crowned Queen of Pop for the third time, her hair was styled in cornbraids. The local media were curious and slightly baffled at Hines' exotic appearance. 'The Sydney Morning Herald' reported: 'Looking more like a Zulu princess, the Queen of Pop held court in Australia this week' (19 October 1978). 'Cleo' magazine, dishing out equal parts insult and praise, called her 'tough and vulnerable, sweet and bad tempered, gentle and rough-as-bags' ('Cleo', December 1975). Through all of this nonsense Hines maintained her dignity.

After contractual problems and a two-year hiatus Marcia Hines had another big hit in 1981 with 'Your love still brings me to my knees'. She continued to perform sporadically into the 1990s and released the powerful 'Right here and now' album in 1994. Her daughter, Deni Hines, began to make her mark as a singer in the early 1990s, recording with the Rockmelons and releasing a highly successful solo album, 'Imagination', in 1996.
Peter Cox (Source: Real Wild Child CD-ROM)

Lent by Marcia Hines to the Powerhouse Museum in 1993 for the 'Real Wild Child' exhibition. Donated to the museum in 1999.

Owned

Hines, Marcia

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Marcia Hines

Acquisition Date

28 February 2000

Cite this Object

Harvard

Costume, performance, synthetic cloth, used by Marcia Hines, made by Mark Kennedy, Australia, 1975-1979. 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 November 2018, <https://ma.as/8807>

Wikipedia

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