Jennifer Irwin

Costume Design

Australian based costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 40 years designing costumes for opera, drama, film and in particular dance & ballet.

Her commissions includes over 90 ballets (including Joffrey Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Universal Ballet of Korea, Royal New Zealand Ballet) as well as some of the largest scale spectacular productions ever staged in Australia including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Official Ceremony marking the Centenary of Australian Federation and Francesca Zambellos’ production of’ West Side Story staged on Sydney Harbour.

Jennifers designs have been staged live in over 100 countries, over 290 cities including the Lincoln Centre NYC, City Centre NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music NYC, The Kennedy Centre Washington, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London and many at the Sydney Opera House.

Notable acclaimed commissions include Opera Australia productions of Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Widow and Madame Butterfly as well as the 30 year repertoire of Bangarra Dance Theatre.

She has been recognized for her contribution to Australian design with multiple Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Production Design nomination and Awards. ‘Service to Dance’ at the Australian Dance Awards and Best Costume Design at the AACTA Award, a Theatre Board Grant to study at La Scala Opera Milan, Italy (1984) and a Centenary Medal for ‘Service to the Arts’.

In 2004, Jennifer designed the costumes for the premiere production of ‘Dirty Dancing , the Classic Story on Stage