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KMART Wishing Tree Project

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Going down memory lane in the spirit of Xmas, below is one of our favourite past Christmas projects which we did for The KMART Wishing Tree – an Australian charity organization that distributes gifts for disadvantaged children or anyone that might be having a hard time during the festive Christmas season. We adore putting smiles on people's faces, and gifting with our art form is what we love to do. After 10 bottles of glue, paper cuts, and sticky fingers, we were thrilled to produce a handmade dress of cardboard wishing tree tags for MX Magazine to promote towards this great cause. We’ve never quick changed into this dress on stage (yet!) as it’s quite delicate to handle, but it was still fun producing it.

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Gearing up for Xmas

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

As the end of 2018 is fast approaching, and everyone is gearing up for Christmas, so are we! As of last week, we have been making afew surprise appearances around the country for our corporate clients hosting their blacktie Christmas events. We have custom made afew Christmas finale costumes to add to our wardrobe (which is now mounting up to over 500 pieces!) Our workshop has been scattered with bundles of green, red, and white fabrics…sprinkled with Swarovski gem stones! Sharing some snapshots here with you.

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Customised for Chinese New Year Events

Monday, February 08, 2016

Soul Mystique is making an impact at Chinese New Year events around Australia this year for their chinese clients celebrating the year of the monkey! Gavin and Lydia have created a spectacular finale whereby they transform each other into the auspicious colours of Red and Gold. At the request of one client, they also followed this with a final reveal whereby Lydia transforms into ABC TV & Radio host, Jason Fang. It was a grand entrance indeed! Happy Chinese New Year to all and may this year bring you all great health, wealth, happiness and prosperity.

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Customised Entertainment

Monday, August 24, 2015

We're excited to share some of our recent projects with you! This year, we have seen more Events going that extra mile to impress their audiences, and customised entertainment has been a big request. Our creators of Soul Mystique – Gavin and Lydia, have not only been producing new and innovative jaw-dropping transformations this year, but they have also been customising shows for these events. From themed costumes, to flag and logo reveals, the sky has been the limit.

Check out some of Soul Mystique’s customised projects this year :

British Chamber Shanghai Centenary Ball - Shanghai, China

The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai hosted it’s annual charity ball at the Shangri-la, Pudong. 1000 Chamber members and friends were transported back to 1915 with the theme of old Shanghai, marking the year when British Chamber Shanghai was first established. The client requested for a British themed show, so Gavin and Lydia created transformations with James Bond, Austin Powers, and a confetti finale revealing the Union Jack flag.

 

10th Asia Pacific Cities Summit Gala - Brisbane, Australia
Business leaders, government officials & organizations from 115 cities around the world attended this event held at the Brisbane City Hall. To welcome such a high profile international audience, cultural costumes were incorporated into the show. Gavin and Lydia created transformations with Chinese, USA, Indian, and latin-american costumes.

 

Asia Pacific Herbalife Extravaganza - Bangkok, Thailand
The biggest and most-awaited event of the year for this global nutrition company was held at the famous IMPACT arena in Bangkok this year. 20,000 people from 13 countries attended this mega event. The theme for their VIP gala dinner was ‘Great Gatsby’. Gavin and Lydia created a Gatsby themed show with tuxedos, and a sparkling gold finale as requested by the client.

 

Gold Coast Suns Gala - Gold Coast, Australia
A sold out event that was attended by Gold Coast SUNS players, and their fans. Soul Mystique was the surprise entertainment, and even more surprising, was when Gavin transformed into a SUNS player, and then back into his white tails suit after. The crowd went nuts!

Shanghai Irish Ball - Shanghai, China
One of Shanghai’s biggest gala events which is held annually to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Soul Mystique had performed at this event in 2014, and was invited back for an encore appearance this year. Gavin and Lydia created an Irish inspired finale, transforming under green confetti into green evening couture.

 

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Boots Revamped!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Soul Mystique are creators of many ‘world firsts’ in magical transformations. This year, they have added to their repertoire with more of their creations, including their majestic 'Butterfly', and just recently, ‘Boots Revamped’! The latter is a jaw dropping spectacle featuring Lydia’s sassy boots & dress changes – executed in 2 seconds under a piece of satin.

Lydia’s boots changes were first seen in 2012 on their TV appearances on AGT, but they have taken it to the next level.

Soul Mystique are the only artists in the world who perform boots and shoe transformations. Click here to be one of the first to see ‘Boots Revamped’ and more, from their latest Matrix show.


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The most MAJESTIC transformation in history

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Soul Mystique has officially launched 'Butterfly' another brand new breathtaking transformation…and MAJESTIC is the word.  A first in the world, this transformation was inspired by the brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight of a butterfly. 

Soul Mystique's Producers, Gavin and Lydia first conceptualized this transformation during a trip to Paris in 2003. Back then, they dreamt of creating a transformation so huge, it would be impossible to believe.

Lydia’s design sketches were documented in their scrapbook of inspirations and then put away. It was not until years later when they stumbled across the perfect fabrics for this piece of art, that the project came to life. The fabrics were found in the city of Colombo! It took 8 months to build this costume, and another 10 months to tweak and install it. When fully open, the wings of this butterfly spans out to approximately 2.5m high x 2.5m wide. Encrusted with over 1000 Swarovski crystals, it sparkles beautifully and will take your breath away. 

‘Butterfly’ was designed by Soul Mystique's Creative Director, Lydia.  It is the first in the world and we hope you enjoy it! For a preview click here.

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Celebrating 18 Years on the World Stage

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This year marks the 18th anniversary of Gavin and Lydia's partnership on the world stage. Together as Soul Mystique, their stunning performances have captivated and flabbergasted audiences all over the globe, in over 60 countries, from television, live theatre, to high profile corporate events. They have graced the stages of famous theatres such as The London Palladium to Las Vegas, performing next to the likes of John Cleese, Katy Perry, Siegfried & Roy, Human Nature, Jimmy Barnes, Bananarama, The Pretenders, and Maroon 5.


Soul Mystique is also one of the highest sought after acts in Australia and Asia for variety television. This act is most renowned on Australian TV for pushing boundaries & performing world record quick change concepts which brought them fame on the reality TV show ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ (Seasons 1 & 6). Both times, the act was loved and voted through to the Grand Finals by the nation, placing 3rd in Season 6. . They were the only visual act to make the top 3 in the Grand Finals, making international headlines as the most innovative and outstanding quick change act in the world.

Their attention to detail from costuming, prop design, to choreography, has been noticed by other artists worldwide, and they have been approached to co-produce the visual entertainment for artists such as Asia’s A-List celebrity Andy Lau, Cirque Du Soleil, and Producers of Fashion Week New York, London, & Paris.

In world variety theatre, Soul Mystique™ has graced the stages of the most prestigious venues from Las Vegas to London’s West End. They were the closing act in 2008 ‘Variety Live’ in Las Vegas sharing standing ovations with the world’s best in variety theatre. This performance led to an honourable invitation by Siegfried and Roy Tribute show producers to be featured in yet another world variety extravaganza at the London Palladium in September 2008.

Soul Mystique’s accolade of media appearances have also included CNN's 'Business Traveller', CNBC’s Bombay Advertising Logies, A Tribute to Siegfried & Roy (Foxtel), Seasons 1 & 6 Australia's Got Talent (Channel 7), NRA Fashion Design Awards (9 Network), The Shak (Channel 7), just to name afew.

In 2012, Soul Mystique was invited to Japan by Nippon TV to produce a dance transformation segment for famous Japanese Comedian ‘Ayoto Imoto’ on Japan’s highest rating family show – ITTEQ. This was an instant hit amongst it’s 16.5 million viewers. In 2013, Germany's most popular TV show, ‘The 25’ head-hunted Soul Mystique to appear in their TV special on some of the world's most Extraordinary Passions. This was aired nationwide across Germany.

 

When they are not on stage, Gavin and Lydia are fully dedicated to reinventing the art of quick change. They have a full time production studio where they create every element of their shows. Their passion is to deliver beautiful, high impact visual entertainment, and take their audiences away from reality...even for just a moment in time.

 

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3rd time nominated! Finalist for Best Achievement in Entertainment

Monday, September 08, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Soul Mystique has been selected as a Finalist for 2014 Best Achievement in Entertainment Category by the Australian Event Awards.


The Australian Event Awards celebrates 24 categories of event activity from Australia's thriving events industry. In the Entertainment category, Soul Mystique is honoured to be placed in a highly diverse set of finalists who share the limelight in the judges' accolades for their professional excellence and achievements.

The Industry Night of Nights will be held on Tuesday 11 November 2014, Dolton House, Sydney. 

www.eventawards.com.au

 

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Getting hitched!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

You might have heard that Gavin and Lydia finally tied the knot recently! Australia's much loved entertainers got married at the beautiful Sanctuary Cove resort at the Gold Coast. It was a perfect day and their guests were spoilt with perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, a beautiful ceremony at the glass chapel, followed by an elegant reception at the Intercontinental Grange. 

With Lydia’s Singapore heritage, they decided on a fusion wedding, mixed with eastern/western culture. Lydia designed her wedding wardrobe which included a beautifully handmade Italian satin wedding gown and an additional 4 dresses for the evening reception.

For those who know this spontaneous couple well, you would expect that they would treat their friends and family to something special on this occassion...and they did. The pair transformed Lydia’s evening gowns 4 times in a blink of an eye during their bridal party’s wedding entrance. Their bridal party giggled and swayed to Frank Sinatra’s L.O.V.E. and they finished with a beautiful dress transformation under a rainfall of red rose petals!

 

"We had to do it for our friends and family…especially for those who travelled from afar to be with us on this special occasion!" Lydia and Gavin

 

Check out the article from Gold Coast Bulletin

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Thank you for letting us do what we love!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This April, we celebrate our partnership on the world stage of 18 years. We've had a blast creating

our shows, traveling the world, performing, and sharing our passion with you all. Thank you for letting us do what we love!

xo Lydia and Gavin

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