What many readers may not know is that the story of Strictly Ballroom dates back to 1984 when Luhrmann and others developed the story while studying at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. It was later expanded for theatre performances overseas and a season at Sydney's Wharf Theatre in 1988.
Thirty years later, the Powerhouse Museum celebrates this Australian classic with an exhibition to coincide with a new stage production of Strictly Ballroom currently being performed at Sydney Lyric Theatre.
The exhibition is a feast of Strictly Ballroom memorabilia, including design drawings, photographs, clips from performances and other items from the archive. The highlight, however, is a stunning array of original costumes created by Oscar winner, Catherine Martin. Love is in the air for visitors to the exhibition who appreciate the design and drama of Catherine Martin's creations. The colours and intricate designs will have your feathers flying and sequins soaring.
Sketches, drawings and notes showing one part of the evolution of costume design
The story of Strictly Ballroom is a celebration of individual expression and challenge to dusty old-school rules. The exhibition itself makes the visitor dance for joy that there are those who are prepared to step on the toes of the so-called "authorities" for much needed change.
So, get your fancy footwork along to the Powerhouse Museum to enjoy the Strictly Ballroom Story exhibition. It will take you back in Time (after Time).
The exhibition is on now and runs until 9 November 2014. More information can be found at the Powerhouse Museum website.
Experience the drama encapsulated in the costume designs