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Object: Outfit, Xena

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Title Outfit, Xena
Production Darragh, Barbara (designer), circa 1995, Auckland
Dickson, Ngila (designer), circa 1995, Auckland
Gillies, Robert (designer), circa 1995, Auckland
Materials leather, metal, paint, nylon, Lurex, cotton, rubber, paua shell
Classification outfits
Dimensions Overall: 960mm (Height) x 470mm (Length)
Credit line Gift of Pacific Renaissance Pictures, 2001
Registration number GH016675

Xena: Warrior Princess

For many women around the world, Xena and Gabrielle - characters in the television series 'Xena: Warrior Princess' - were refreshing symbols of female strength, competence, and friendship. Even the American Secretary of State Madeleine Allbright named Xena as a role model.

Xena first appeared as a character on 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'. She rated so well that she was given her own show, which was made in New Zealand between 1995 and 2001.

As well as showcasing the talents of New Zealand actors such as Lucy Lawless, 'Xena: Warrior Princess' revealed the creative excellence, technical skills, and ingenuity of local designers, prop and costume makers, and other television production staff.

Xena's costume epitomised her role as the 'warrior princess'. It was initially designed by Barbara Darragh, then reworked by Ngila Dickson. The weapons and other props were designed by Robert Gillies.

Pacific Renaissance Pictures, producers of the New Zealand-made series, gifted these signature costumes to Te Papa when the series ended in 2001.

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