Fans of Kylie Minogue are currently in Kylie Heaven. Not only do tickets to the Australian leg of her concert Show Girl: The Greatest Hits Tour go on sale this Monday 31 January, but the Kylie exhibition featuring hundreds of costumes and personal items is currently running in Melbourne at The Arts Centre.

A little less exciting but no doubt still great fun is the Kylie tribute show 100% Kylie which will feature at this year’s Mardi Gras Fair Day. And all this hot on the stiletto heels of Kylie’s greatest hits CD and DVD which came out at Christmas.
Yes, 2005 is set to be a Kylie bonanza, when too much Kylie is simply not enough.

Kylie’s two scheduled Sydney concerts -“ at the Sydney SuperDome on 20 May and the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 31 May -“ are expected to sell out quickly, so more shows are likely to be added. When asked how she would choose which songs to perform she said: It’s a greatest hits tour so we are trying to put in as many as we can, which I have to say is a far cry from the first and second tours that I ever did where we didn’t even have enough songs, let alone hits.

Many of the costumes from those early tours are on show in the Kylie exhibition. There are also the overalls she wore as Charlene in Neighbours, the white dress she donned in 1987’s I Should Be So Lucky video and the pink feathered number she wore when performing at Mardi Gras in 1994. You can get up close to the famous gold hotpants from the Spinning Around video in 2000, the Green Fairy costume from 2001’s Moulin Rouge, the Kyborg outfit in the 2002 Fever tour, and the purple and gold dress from her latest video I Believe In You.

And that’s just the tip of the Kylie iceberg. Overall the singer donated more than 300 items -“ including 26 pairs of shoes, awards, jewellery and photographs -“ to The Arts Centre, which will take the exhibition on tour around the country in May. Sydney fans will have to wait a year before it arrives at the Powerhouse Museum in January 2006.

Apart from the sheer size of the exhibition, and the shock at how tiny Kylie really is, the best thing about the show is the little stories that go with each item. For instance, Kylie cut off the bottom of one designer dress before a performance so she could dance in it, almost giving the designer a heart attack when he saw it on TV.

What I imagine people will want to see is the wear and tear, the ingrained make-up after fifty shows, where the audio-pack rubs, Kylie said. These are things that for me, bring costumes to life.

The outfit Kylie wears on the Star‘s cover was created for the exhibition and was made from magazine covers printed on silk.

For those who miss out on tickets to her concert, or simply just want more Minogue, the 100% Kylie tribute is at Fair Day on 20 February starring Lucy Holmes.

Tickets to Show Girl: The Greatest Hits Tour go on sale this Monday 31 January for her Sydney shows which take place on 20 and 31 May. The Kylie exhibition is on at The Arts Centre in Melbourne until 25 April, and entry is free. It will travel to Canberra and Brisbane before going on show at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum between January and May 2006.

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