Manchester Art Gallery

Kylie – The Exhibition

An exhibition originating from the Arts Centre, Melbourne exploring how Kylie, as a performer, has used her wardrobe to create an image that is known worldwide.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 30 June 2007–Sunday 2 September 2007


In 2007, Manchester Art Gallery hosted the only chance to see Kylie – The Exhibition in the north of England

Exhibition sponsored by Evian

This exhibition offered fans the chance to get up close to over 300 objects relating to Kylie Minogue’s performing career, including costumes, accessories, outfit designs, photographs, music and videos.

Among the star items on show were the overalls Kylie wore as Charlene in Neighbours and the gold lamé hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video. There’s even the chance to look backstage – including video footage showing preparations for a Kylie tour, and her dressing room – recreated from her Showgirl Homecoming tour, 2007.

The exhibition highlighted Kylie’s collaborations with leading designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, Julien Macdonald, Helmut Lang and Manolo Blahnik. It also featured costumes Kylie has created herself in collaboration with William Baker, her Manchester-born creative director and stylist.

Further resources

For further details and Kylie related links and activities, please visit:

The Arts Centre, Melbourne for the Kylie Minogue Costume Collection and further activities and information.

V&A Website: Kylie – The Exhibition for further Kylie links, activities and reading list.

Kylie’s Official Website for biographical information, lyrics and up to date news.

Gallery of Costume Manchester City Galleries’ collection of costume from the 17th century to the present day.

Artist biography

Kylie Timeline

28 May 1968
Kylie Ann Minogue born, Melbourne, Australia.

Kylie accepts role of Charlene in Neighbours.

July 1987
Release of Kylie’s first single Locomotion.

July 1988
Kylie has three Top 10 records in the first seven months of 1988 plus a platinum album in just four weeks in the UK.

February 1989
Kylie poses for a wax model of herself at the world famous Madame Tussaud’s in London.

November 1989
Enjoy Yourself is released in several countries worldwide.

December 1989
Kylie joins with Bob Geldof, Cliff Richard, Lisa Stansfield etc. for Band Aid 2’s 1989 recording of Do They Know It’s Christmas to raise money for Ethiopia.

February 1994
Kylie performs at the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras, before an audience of over 19,000.

October 1995
The duet with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Where The Wild Roses Grow becomes Kylie’s 23rd consecutive top 20 single in the UK, later being voted Best Song of the Year and winning over a more alternative crowd.

July 2000
Kylie releases Spinning Around, the first single from her new studio album Light Years, debuting in both the UK and Australian charts at No.1.

September 2000
The follow up single On A Night Like This repeats Spinning Around‘s success.

October 2000
Kylie performs at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Kylie again performs for millions at the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games.

October 2000
Kylie’s third single from Light Years, her duet with Robbie Williams, Kids is released.

December 2000
Tickets go on sale for Kylie’s first major tour in 9 years, On A Night Like This, and sell out immediately.

January 2001
On the internet, Kylie is the most searched for female artist in 2000.

September 2001
Kylie has a cameo role in Moulin Rouge, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, playing The Green Fairy.

October 2001
Kylie’s new album Fever debuts in the UK and Australia at Number 1, later being awarded triple platinum in both countries.

February 2002
Kylie wins two awards at the Brit Awards; Best International Female Artist and Best International Album for Fever.

March 2002
Kylie is officially the most played artist in the UK in 2001.

August 2002
Kylie wins an MTV Award in New York for best choreography for Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.

November 2002
William Baker, Kylie’s creative director, and Kylie release their book La La La. At the 2002 MTV Europe Awards Kylie wins Best Pop Act and Best Dance Act.

February 2003
Kylie’s lingerie range, Love Kylie is launched in the UK in Selfridges.

April 2003
Kids Help Line, Optus and Kylie win an award for excellence from the Fundraising Institute of Australia for the 2002 fundraising campaign in Australia.

November 2003
Kylie releases her 9th studio album Body Language on November 17th, two years after the six million-selling Fever.

February 2004
Kylie wins a Grammy Award in the category of Best Dance Recording for Come Into My World.

May 2005
It is announced that Kylie has early stage breast cancer; she undergoes surgery immediately and cancels her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.

November 2006
Showgirl Homecoming tour opens in Australia.

June 2007
Kylie – The Exhibition opens at Manchester Art Gallery

Preface by Kylie Minogue, Introduction by William Baker, 2007

A showcase of costumes from videos, tours, special performances and appearances on the red carpet, tracing Kylie’s extraordinary career. With a preface by Kylie, forewords by Barry Humphries and Baz Luhrmann and a introduction by William Baker, Kylie’s creative director and stylist, this is a wonderful record of Kylie’s unique image. Published in association with the Arts Centre, Melbourne.

A full range of Kylie inspired merchandise was available to buy in the Gallery Shop.