Headdress from Harlequin costume

Production date
1986-1988
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Headdress, part of 'Harlequin' parade costume World Expo '88, lycra, cone shaped, multicoloured diamond patchwork over foam and mesh structure. Velcro straps under chin, plastic electrical light tubing spirals around cone.
Classification
CH classification COSTUME
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Measurements
L200 x W180 x H530 mm
Media/Materials description
Other Synthetic Fibre (Textiles), Nylon (Textiles), Rubber (Synthetic Materials)
History and use
This hat is part of a Harlequin costume, worn in the parades during World Expo 88, in Brisbane. There were a number of Harlequins in the parage, with variations of the same costume. Queensland Museum has a few different pieces representing the different styles.

The parade, produced by Mike Mullins, ran twice daily for the duration of the Expo. The lunchtime parade featured floats of giant food items, while the evening parade was themed around fantasy. The floats were accompanied by a troupe of performers, called the Expo City Ensemble.
After Expo 88, many of these costumes, including this harlequin hat, were sold to the Darling Harbour Authority and used in public entertainment at Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H42435

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