Thor’s Clothes (and More) Are Coming to ACMI

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“It’s fantastic to have content from a movie that was shot mostly in Australia, so we’re really proud,” said curator Bethan Johnson of ACMI’s new exhibit featuring artifacts from the new Marvel movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. “We’ve had the suits in space for a few days and it’s great to see people really into them.”

For adults and kids alike, there’s plenty of fun to be had in director Taika Waititi’s second crack at the Thor series. Hilarious, a bit silly and stuffed with stars like Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Russell Crowe, Thor: Love and Thunder is a visual feast, with stunning costumes courtesy of famed Mexican designer Mayes Rubeo. Now, as part of ACMI’s ongoing exhibition The History of the Moving Image, some of these key costumes and props are on public display.

“Mayes is obviously an amazing costume designer,” Johnson says. “In the exhibit, we learn about her approach to character development and how she worked with the actors to bring these characters to life,” says Johnson. “It’s not the first time we’ve seen these characters on screen, but it feels like a pretty different movie. It almost has an ’80s flair, and it definitely reflects Taika Waititi’s comedic bent. The Choice Rubeo’s color scheme is intrinsic to this style. “What’s really exciting about the suits is the vibrancy and the color,” says Johnson. “You have cobalt blue, these bright reds, very rich colors that attract your look.”

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While there’s plenty to see, the highlight of the show is definitely Thor’s robe, designed by Rubeo in collaboration with NSW First Nations artist Otis Hope Carey. “For me, that’s one of the real highlights of the display,” Johnson says. “Otis Hope Carey worked closely with Mayes to bring together the patterns and materiality and showcase First Nations culture on this show.” Two dresses were produced for the film – a lighter version to be set aside by Hemsworth’s Thor, and a heavier one for more static shots, which is the version on display at ACMI.

Besides the intricate design, getting closer to the costumes gives a new perspective to how we see the actors and their characters. “For me, it’s always seeing scale and stature,” Johnson says. “It’s interesting. You notice someone like Tessa Thompson playing Valkyrie, she’s absolutely tiny, but in the movie she’s larger than life. Other costumes on display include Natalie Portman’s Mighty Thor and Gorr the god from the thunder of Christian Bale.As well as Rubeo’s incredible costumes, visitors will be able to see key props like Mjölnir and Stormbreaker (Thor’s hammer and axe) and the lightning bolt of Zeus, played by Russell Crowe.

Costumes and props from the film Thor: Love and Thunder are now on display exclusively at the ACMI, as part of the History of the Moving Image exhibition. Admission is free and the exhibition lasts until July 28, 2023. More details.

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