Gold hotpants worn by Kylie Minogue – 'Spinning Around' video from the album Light Years, 2000

The Arts Centre, Performing Arts Collection, Melbourne, Australia

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octoberKylie Minogue is one of Australia's most famous cultural exports. After early success during the 1980s in the Australian television series Neighbours she embarked on a career as a recording artist and performer, enjoying phenomenal international success and celebrity. Today, she is loved by millions of fans all around the world and known simply as 'Kylie'.The disco-inspired video of the single 'Spinning Around' became a musical and visual anthem in 2000, gaining unforgettable status because of 'those' gold hotpants. Legend has it that these now iconic hotpants were discovered by photographer Katerina Jebb at a flea market and cost just 50p. Kylie wore them in a photo shoot for her website and then to a fancy dress party, before they were re-discovered in a last-minute search through her wardrobe the night before the video was to be shot. The amount of attention this garment attracted was unexpected. As Kylie says, "I never imagined what impact a 50p pair of hotpants would have ..." This impact, however, has made them one of the most identifiable items of contemporary popular culture.

Gift of Kylie Minogue, 2004

Performing Arts Collection, the Arts Centre, Melbourne