Image Credit: Kylie Minogue performing on stage, "Intimate and Live" tour, 'Dancing Queen', 1998, photographed by Campbell Knott.
Kylie met William Baker in 1994 and he styled many of the photographic shoots that helped promote her new image and the ‘indie’ sounds of her next two albums, Kylie Minogue (1994) and Impossible Princess (1997). Baker then joined Kylie’s creative team in 1998 to develop the Intimate and Live tour and has remained a driving force behind the look and feel of her tours ever since.
Kylie worked with leading Australian theatre designer Brian Thomson on the set for Intimate and Live, which featured an illuminated central staircase, and a pink Kylie-sized ‘K’. Melbourne-based designer Mark Burnett created a number of Kylie’s costumes, including the red beaded corset for ‘Better the Devil You Know’. However, it was the pink showgirl costume designed by Kylie and Baker that stole the show. He still regards the crowd’s overwhelming response to Kylie in this glamorous new persona as ‘a truly iconic moment’.
Ready to embrace pop in a new way, Kylie joined the British record label Parlophone in 1999 and released her next album, Light Years in September 2000. The On a Night Like This tour drew on the album’s theme of disco glamour and referenced Hollywood musicals of the 1950s and ’60s. The opening act set the scene for this concert in all its camp glory with Welsh designer Julien Macdonald adding his signature blend of sparkle to the mix. The ABBA-inspired dressing gown Kylie wore to open the show while being lowered to the stage on a large anchor was a theatrical triumph and a crowd favourite.
Highlights from the Australian Performing Arts Collection