catherine martin


“With Satine, we needed to make it clear that this is the most beautiful woman in Paris. Admittedly, Nicole is already very beautiful, but she may not be everybody’s idea of ideal beauty, so we needed to make it clear with the costumes’ signs and symbols that that’s who she was. We looked to Hollywood’s glamour heroines like Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo - all sexually available to the men in the movies but emotionally very unavailable, and we looked at how that manifested itself in their clothing. Their wardrobes tended to be very graphic, unfussy, dramatic in their colour choice. We then used that.” - Catherine Martin (costume designer for Moulin Rouge!)


White wedding dress in Hindu style from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge (2001). The breast panel is embroidered with stylised floral motifs in silver thread, silver beads and pearls.

The elaborate Indian necklace and headdress are made of various strings of brass coloured metal decorated with faux pearls, diamantes, sequins, beads and silver pearling.

The costumes for the movie were designed by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie.