• Sydney Mardi Gras has inspired creative expression for over 40 years. (William Yang, ALGA)
Looking for inspiration ahead of this month's parade? We've got you covered.
Samuel Leighton-Dore

28 Feb 2019 - 12:26 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2020 - 2:30 PM

For over 40 years the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has provided a platform for the creative expression of LGBTIQ+ Australians.

This is perhaps no clearer than in the parade fashion, which ranges each year from skimpy leather numbers to extravagant feather bowers, stilts and constructed statement pieces.

Nothing's off limits. Big or small. Bright or dark. Tongue in cheek or overtly political.

With the help of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, we took a deep dive into some of the most iconic Mardi Gras parade looks since 1978. Look, it must be noted that this is not an exhaustive list, as there have simply been too many show-stopping looks to condense into one article.

The Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020: Live Stream will be available to watch here from Saturday, 29th February 2020 at 07:35 PM.