Beautiful Freak in the Machine transforms the Powerhouse into a 3D magazine, telling stories of fashion, freedom and self-expression. In a night for...

Beautiful Freak in the Machine


500 Harris Street
2007 NSW

Powerhouse Museum
Free event - registration required
Beautiful Freak in the Machine
Beautiful Freak in the Machine


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Annabelle Gaspar

Annabelle Gaspar has been moving dancefloors since the early 90’s and is one of the founders of the legendary Bad Dog parties. She has played Mardi Gras from Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, hosted radio shows and sound tracked films - taking the dance floor on a sonic journey.

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David Bonney

David Bonney is a stylist and creative director who has worked across every facet of the creative and performing arts in Australia. Collaboration is at the heart of his practice. He can still be surprised and enraptured by an idea, an image, or a song.

Perks and Mini

Started in 2000 by Shauna Toohey and Misha Hollenbach, P.A.M. is an evolving collaboration between the two, their friends and creative contemporaries. Starting to create a world they wanted to live in. P.A.M. has grown into an international brand focused on creativity across disciplines: fashion, art, music and beyond.

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Lorna Clarkson

Lorna Clarkson has directed dancefloors for 30 years; with regular spots at 333 & Mass in London, Chinese Laundry, Club 77 in Sydney; and Splendour in the Grass, Dark Mofo and Vivid. Every Tuesday she selects and mixes the best new, electronic music on her radio show, Down Low Disco.

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Romance Was Born

Romance Was Born is a contemporary Australian fashion house with a unique storytelling vision. The renowned duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met while studying fashion in 2005 and established the label. The pair is known for their ability to transform any theme or inspiration into a glimmering fashion paradise.

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Glynis Traill-Nash

Glynis Traill-Nash has established herself as one of Australia’s most highly regarded fashion writers and commentators. As Fashion Editor of The Australian, she covers all aspects of fashion across the masthead including news, features, profiles, business and trends, endearing readings with her engaging, informative—and opinionated— writing.

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Karen Walker

Karen Walker is the fashion designer behind her eponymous label, best known for its signature optimism and eccentric energy with a cult following for her womenswear, eyewear, jewellery and collaborations. Karen’s designs cleverly play with cultural subtext creating pieces to be worn and adored for decades.

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Byron Spencer

Byron Spencer, aka Spencer not Spencer has built a diverse range of work through an erratic world of quirk and romance. Capturing the likes of Paris Hilton, John Waters and Troye Sivan, Spencer has become synonymous for his playful approach to celebrity, fashion, pop culture and music.

Event Details

Beautiful Freak in the Machine transforms the Powerhouse into a 3D magazine, telling stories of fashion, freedom and self-expression.

In a night for style fans and pop culture geeks, the curators assemble videos, talks, music and live performance to celebrate the outliers, the misfits and the spirit of creativity. Fashion editor for The Australian Glynis Traill-Nash gives a live keynote alongside virtual contributions by fashion icon Karen Walker, self-described mutant aliens Perks & Mini, local heroes Romance Was Born (plus more to be announced). The hyper work of photographic artist Byron Spencer also infiltrates the space.

Dress up, turn up early and play late at this artful evening curated by stylist and creative director David Bonney, soundtracked by DJs Annabelle Gaspar and Lorna Clarkson, with a bar and curator lead tours of Robert Rosen’s Glitterati. It’s a must do night out for Vivid Sydney.

Full program to be announced in June. 

Presented by The Powerhouse Museum in partnership with Vivid Sydney.

Ticket Conditions

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