2001/84/195 Performance costume, titled "Tee Pee", fabric/sequins/fibreglass, designed by Jenny Kee, made by Paula Martin, Greg Somerville and Chloe Simcox, Ceremonies Workshop, used in Opening Ceremony of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
This costume titled 'Tee Pee' designed by Australian fashion and textile designer Jenny Kee. Kee describes the design as 'a literal tribute to Native Americans and their reverence for Earth. Traditional dwelling personified. Using significant words - Peace - Hope - Liberty - Freedom - Love and Life and the symbols: the eagle, Ohio Mound, Haida hand and ancient maize to create a shimmering, gliding vision' Kee 2002
The costume features a conical 'tee pee' shaped garment with stiffened faux feather collar piece. The garment has enlarged motifs applied to it derived from the 'Americas' textile print. A print designed by Kee for the event. The costume featured on the Americas float in the Arrivals segment of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and was worn by Bridie O'Neill.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games was comprised of three major sections: the mandatory formalities and protocol sections, the cultural display and the entrance of the athletes. Within the cultural display, there were eight segments titled: Welcome, Deep Sea Dreaming, Awakening, Fire, Nature, Tin Symphony, Arrivals and Eternity.
This costume was used in the Arrivals segment of the Opening Ceremony. This segment aimed to produce a theatrical representation of Australia's multiculturalism. The programme for the Olympic Opening Ceremony states: The history of Australia is the history of migration. We have come from all corners of the planet to form a vibrant, culturally rich and constantly evolving society. In this segment, a new group of arrivals form the Olympic symbol that unites the five continents of the world. They disperse, leaving behind their children - our hope for the future. More children appear until two thousand gather to form the pattern of the night sky, containing the distinctive Southern Cross constellation.
The Arrivals segment saw five floats each representing a continent enter the arena. Each float carried performers in costumes inspired by the continent. The colours of the Olympic rings set the costume colours; black for the African nations, yellow for the Asian nations, red for the Americas, green for Europe and blue for Oceania, which includes Australia.
Fashion and film designers rather than theatrical designers were chosen to provide a contemporary, cutting edge, high fashion look to the costumes. The designers were Jenny Kee - Africa and Americas, Lisa Ho - Asia, Norma Moriceau - Europe and Peter Morrissey - Oceania.
Performers were selected from schools, community groups and from cultural and ethnic support groups. Approximately 500 performers danced around and on each of the five floats in the costumes created by the designers.