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Tina Turner's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome Costume

This striking costume was donated by Tina Turner. It’s a remake of her costume from the 1985 movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The designer Bob Mackie made this sparkly version for her stage performances. The main body of the costume is made from shimmery chain mail and the skirt splits into several long, pointed strips. Shimmery striped cuffs decorate her wrists, and giant spiraled hoop earrings frame her face. The shoulders of the dress have three stacked shoulder plates covered in the same chain mail material. The blonde wig you see is over three feet long!


The post-apocalyptic Mad Max movie was set in Australia. Tina Turner wore a mirroring costume to play Aunty Entity, the founder of a town called Bartertown, where they managed to rebuild some civilization including electricity. The producer and director of the film said in the July 1985 edition of Jet magazine that they “needed someone whose vitality and intelligence would make her control over Bartertown credible. She had to be a positive character rather than a conventional evil 'bad guy.'" They wrote the script with Tina Turner in mind but didn’t know if she’d be interested in playing the role. Fortunately, she took the role, and she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. Tina Turner also performed two original songs for the movie: “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and “One of the Living.” “We Don’t Need Another Hero” was wildly popular, making #2 on the US singles charts.

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