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Kylie's captivating costumes showcased

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Luke Costin

It's hard to pick a favourite, but Kylie Minogue can pinpoint exactly which one of her lavish costumes she never wants to wear again.

Having worked with some of the great designers of modern times, the pop star has become known for her spectacular ensembles as much as her chart-topping tunes.

But she isn't in a hurry to slip back into the John Galliano-designed blue-feathered Las Vegas showgirl outfit that she made famous in the mid-2000s.

"The blue showgirl outfit was kind of a nightmare," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"It's really hard to explain to a designer or a creator who doesn't need to do the work in them, that breathing helps."

Dolce and Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier and local Mark Burnett have also turned their hands creating personalised works for Minogue - some with unnecessarily fine detail.

"No one is ever going to see from in the audience ... but if you get to it up close, you can see the artistry and technical aspect, and it's amazing," Minogue said.

The public now has a chance to marvel at the intimate details of Kylie's most recognisable outfits dating back to 1989 with a new exhibition opened on Tuesday.

Organisers hope it is as successful as the last Minogue display in 2005, which attracted 300,000 visitors to the Arts Centre Melbourne and went on to tour seven locations.

One of the first through the doors, Davy Simmons, said the display brought back the nostalgia of all the extravagant shows.

"To see them close up, properly, is pretty special," he told AAP.

"I love On A Night Like This one from her Aphrodite tour, but it's just great to see them all and remember the tour."

The free exhibition runs until January 22 at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

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