Exclusive ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ costumes exhibition opens at ACMI in Melbourne
28.07.2022

Exclusive ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ costumes exhibition opens at ACMI in Melbourne

Natalie Portman as Mighty Thor and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in Marvel Studios' THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved.

Costumes worn by Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth in Marvel Studios' 'Thor: Love and Thunder' are now on display at ACMI.

In a serious superheroic coup, ACMI is now exclusively showing incredible costumes and props worn by the all-star cast in Marvel Studios’ latest Taika Waititi-directed blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder in Melbourne.

Shown as part of the ACMI’s free centrepiece exhibition ‘The Story of the Moving Image’, Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes provides an unmissable opportunity for ACMI visitors of all ages to go on a journey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The exhibit features costumes that adorned the film’s biggest characters – from the God of Thunder himself, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Thor’s Robe Outfit, to costumes worn by The Mighty Thor (Natalie Portman), Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Zeus (Russell Crowe).

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Photo: Peter Tarasiuk Photography

Props from Thor: Love and Thunder – Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer), Stormbreaker (Thor’s axe), the Necrosword (Gorr’s sword), Zeus’s Lighting Bolt and Valkyrie’s dagger and sword – are also on display at ACMI.

Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes features the handiwork of Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Mayes Rubeo, who embarked on a collaborative process with the cast to establish their characters’ DNA through their wardrobes.

Mayes designed The God of Thunder’s numerous costumes and engaged Otis Carey, a First Nations artist from Gumbaynggirr Bundjalung land in northern New South Wales, to create a print that was showcased on the beautiful silk tunic that forms Thor’s Robe Outfit. The costume designer also created a look befitting a Super Hero worthy of Mjölnir for The Mighty Thor AKA Jane Foster, drawing on inspiration from Thor himself, including the disc, black and red heart cuirass, red cape and helmet featured in the original comics the films are based on.

“We had creative meetings with the director of photography, [director] Taika [Waititi], our producers, the creators, visual development, production designers, set decoration, hair and makeup … when I create a look, I create that whole, cohesive look. It has to be exactly the same DNA, and the only way to get that DNA is through communication,” says Costume designer Mayes Rubeo.

Thor: Love and Thunder tells the story of the God of Thunder (Thor) as he embarks on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — one of self-discovery. But Thor’s efforts are interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher, who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor. Together they venture out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.

Now screening in Australian cinemas, Thor: Love and Thunder was written by Taika Waititi and Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and filmed on location at Fox Studios Australia. Kevin Feige and Brad Winderbaum produce, joined by executive producers Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brian Chapek, Todd Hallowell and Chris Hemsworth.

Although Chris Hemsworth simply is Thor, unfortunately for his fans, he’s not featured in ACMI’s display.

Thor: Love and Thunder costume display and associated programming is generously supported by The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand and the US Consulate General Melbourne.

Thor: Love and Thunder Costumes is showcased in ACMI’s free centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image, from 28 July 2022 until 28 July 2023. Find out more here