Kim Bishop Costume Designer

At present Kim is designing the costumes for Sweeney Todd staring Anthony Warlow as the ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and Gina Riley as ‘Mrs. Lovett’. It opens in Sydney for six performances in June, then transfers to the iconic Her Majesties Theatre in Melbourne. This exciting new production celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Tony Award winning musical.

Kim was nominated for a 2016 Green Room Award (alongside Kinky Boots and Matilda) for his costume design on The Light In The Piazza (Life Like Company, Arts Centre Melbourne).

Other recent work includes Jesus Christ Superstar (The Production Company) and the critically acclaimed City of Angels (Life Like Company) both at Art Centre Melbourne.

The Pulitzer Prize winning play Doubt: A Parable (RL Productions, Chapel off Chapel) and the world premier of an Australian musical CrossxRoads also featured his costume designs. Barassi – The Stage Show at The Athenaeum Theatre was based on the life of legendary Australian rules player and coach, Ron Barassi. It spans the decades between the 1940s and the 1980s. This production included Kim’s specially knitted heritage guernseys from each era.

As well as designing, Kim has a successful career in many other facets of the theatre costume industry, from maker to dresser to head of department. He has worked as the Head of Wardrobe on many large musicals, including The King & I, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, South Pacific, The Rocky Horror Show, Aida - The Spectacular, Crazy For You, The Merchants Of Bollywood, Singin’ In The Rain, Shout and Moonshadow. The all-Australian, world premier seasons of The Boy From Oz and Dusty - The Original Pop Diva, were particular highlights.

Kim has dressed on The Producers, Grease, Shirley MacLaine, Cats, Sugar Babies, Guys & Dolls, Shane Warne - The Musical and for Opera Australia and The Australian Ballet, to name a few. Kim has made costumes with legendary costumier Bob Murphy and for some years had the pleasure of touring the world as Wardrobe Manager with Torvill & Dean and their international ice skating companies, playing venues everywhere from his home town, Melbourne, to Las Vegas, Madison Square Gardens and Wembley.

The Bali Safari & Marine Park’s spectacular, Bali Agung, has a cast of 150 people from local villages and features exotic animals including a camel, white tiger, hornbills, ducks and eight elephants. When the concept was being realised, they called on Kim to teach the local crew how to establish and run the Wardrobe Department.