Jennifer Irwin APDG

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Costume designer Jennifer Irwin has an international career which bridges Film, Television, Opera, Ballet, Drama, Musicals and Contemporary Dance.

Jennifer has had a thirty-year association with Bangarra Dance Theatre, creating the costume aesthetic of the leading First Nations Dance Company. She designed the costumes for the international box office hit DIRTY DANCING THE MUSICAL as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Official Ceremony marking the Centenary of Australian Federation 2001.

Her work has been stage live in over 60 countries, over 350 cities, venues including the Lincoln Centre NYC, City Centre NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music NYC, The Kennedy Centre Washington, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London, Command performances at the Royal Palace Madrid and many at the Sydney Opera House.

Jennifer is known for her knowledge of cutting, pattern- making, printing, dyeing and, and creating delicate costumes that can withstand physical demands. Jennifer’s creations take great leaps of creative imagination and somehow manage to spell out the inner workings of each character, bringing depth and texture to a production.

She has been recognized for her contribution to Australian design with multiple Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Production Design nomination and Awards including ‘Service to Dance’ at the Australian Dance Awards and Best Costume Design at the AACTA Awards, a Theatre Board Grant to study at La Scala Opera Milan, Italy (1984) and a Centenary Medal for ‘Service to the Arts’.