Absolutely Mardi Gras

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Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

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In 1996 the Powerhouse Museum presented ‘Absolutely Mardi Gras, costume and design of The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.’ The exhibition explored the parade and its history, the Mardi Gras workshop and the impact of individual designers on Australia’s largest community arts event. Many of the spectacular Mardi Gras costumes in the collection were acquired at that time.

The exhibition was accompanied by the ‘Absolutely Mardi Gras’ publication and this is an excerpt from the book written by one...