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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Costume Award, First Prize, 1994, Jacques Straetmans

2005.0070.0002

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Costume Award, First Prize, 1994, Jacques Straetmans

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Physical description

Trophy in the form of an irregularly-shaped vertical clear acrylic panel [reminiscent of the Opera House sails] on a rectangular 10mm-thick clear acrylic base. "SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS / COSTUME AWARD FIRST PRIZE" is inscribed in gold lettering across the lower half of the panel, and "1994 / JACQUES STRAETMANS" is in the arrow-shaped top proper left corner.

Statement of significance

The Ron Muncaster Collection consists of the complete Lucille Balls costume and the trophy awarded as the First Single Excellent Prize in the 1994 Mardi Gras costume competition. The costume made by Ron Muncaster is composed of a fibreglass rods and Styrofoam balls skirt, fishnet singlet and stockings, collar, headdress, belt, shoes, armbands and rings. It was made for and worn by Mr Muncaster's late partner, Jacques Straetmans. The trophy is a vertical sheet of Perspex on a flat base with the following words engraved in gold: 'Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Costume Award First Prize 1994. Jacques Straetmans'.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is an event of cultural and social importance. It attracts popular interest, media coverage, a large local audience and overseas visitors to Sydney every year. Ron Muncaster is a well-known costume designer and remains one of the most successful within the context of Mardi Gras. He has made a significant contribution to the Mardi Gras event by participating every year in the costume competition. Muncaster has been awarded more prizes for his costumes than any other designer in the history of the competition.

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On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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