Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOCAL FOCUS -

THE team at There Is mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary cre­ative space sprang into ac­tion when news broke Madonna would miss Perth on her first Aus­tralian tour in 23 years.

Stu­dio man­ager Aimee Ko said they wanted to de­liver an amaz­ing Madonna event to Perth fans and or­gan­ised An Ex­hi­bi­tion of Madonna Mo­ments.

“It gave us the op­por­tu­nity to put on an ex­hi­bi­tion of highly col­lectable mem­o­ra­bilia from a pri­vate col­lec­tion,” Ko said. “It show­cases the style evo­lu­tion of Madonna over the last 30 years and we’ve teamed up with Lin­neys, which is pre­sent­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion with us.

“We felt the part­ner­ship had a real syn­ergy since Madonna is so well-known for her Ma­te­rial Girl video clip with her im­i­ta­tion of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe from Gen­tle­man Pre­fer Blondes, do­ing the whole di­a­monds are a girl’s best friend deal.”

Ko said Lin­neys had se­cured Madonna’s tiara, worn at her wed­ding to Guy Ritchie, to be on pub­lic dis­play for the first time in Aus­tralia.

The two-week ex­hi­bi­tion be­gan with a tick­eted launch party at 8.30pm on March 11 be­fore run­ning March 12 (the night of Madonna’s open­ing Mel­bourne con­cert) to 27.

Ko said the disco-themed event would have a Stu­dio 54 vibe, cre­at­ing an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence for those at­tend­ing.

“We have a Madonna drag show, DJ Fem­inem play­ing, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of disco balls you’ve prob­a­bly ever seen in one place and a light-up dance floor,” she said.

“We’re team­ing up with Cock­tail Gas­tron­omy for a popup bar ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is a tick­eted event; the $50 en­try in­cludes a cock­tail on ar­rival, which will be Madonna’s favourite cock­tail, pome­gran­ate mar­tini.”

Ko said she was a big Madonna fan and the ex­hi­bi­tion would fea­ture more than 40 items of mem­o­ra­bilia in­clud­ing records and posters avail­able for pur­chase.

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d450655

Tammy Stone, of Vivien’s Mod­els, wears Lin­neys jew­ellery along­side stu­dio man­ager Aimee Ko, who opened an ex­hi­bi­tion on Madonna with a disco-themed launch party.

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