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As a young designer, Matthew Aberline’s work in costume design has spanned a wide cross section of the design industry. Originally training in fashion design, Matthew holds a Master of Arts in Costume Design from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School where he was the first costume designer to receive the Fox Studio’s Award for Design Excellence. Several of the short films he has designed have been nominated and won Australian Film Industry Awards, including Tony Krawitz’s Into the Night.
Matthew’s collaboration with The Physical TV Company began with the much loved Down Time Jaz, the whimsical What I Did On My Nervous Breakdown, and the groundbreaking book and mobile phone project The Kamikaze Mind. The costumes for Physical TV’s latest work, Thursday’s Fictions, are his most ambitious work to date in the filmic medium.
Matthew has designed productions for many theatre companies in Australia, including several national tours that have included the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Arts Centre, for companies such as The Bell Shakespeare Company, and Jigsaw Theatre Company. He has been a featured designer in the 2004 and 2005 Melbourne Fashion Weeks, and staged a brief design residency at the Melbourne Museum for the 2006 Melbourne Fashion Week.
Matthew has designed cabaret productions for La Mama, worked with actors with intellectual and physical disabilities, musical theatre for Midsumma, and lectures in digital costume illustration at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.
His work has been included at exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.
Matthew is currently the costume designer in residence at Sydney’s famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.