Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance and ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.
Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on SPEAR the feature film. Jenny designed the costumes for Dirty Dancing, the musical, still playing to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years. Dirty Dancing broke all pre box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.
Costume commissions in Australian include 36 ballets for Sydney Dance Company, 26 years of repertoire for Bangarra Dance Theatre, multiple works for Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Belvoir Theatre Company, Australian Dance Theatre, West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet and Opera Australia. Jennifer designed costumes for the Awakening segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, co-designed all the costumes for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and the official ceremony commemorating the Federation of Australia in 2001.
Australian Box office successes include Keating, The Musical, Stuff Happens for Belvoir, Don Parties On for Melbourne Theatre Company, Romeo and Juliet for Opera Australia and Ainadamar for the Adelaide Festival.
Jennifer’s work has been seen on stage in over 70 countries, over 500 cities and venues including the Royal Opera House, Lincoln Center, City Center NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Sydney Opera House.
Jennifer has been recognized for her contribution to Australian design with multiple Helpmann, Green Room, Australian Dance awards and nominations.