Pacific costumes

Pacific costume part of 40th Mardi Gras celebrations

As part of month long celebrations, dynamic costumes from over the years are on display at the National Art School Gallery in Darlinghurst.

Oceania is represented by a Cook Islands chief's costume, worn at last year's parade by ex-pat Kiwi-Samoan Pisa Tufuga.

He says the Pasifika Rainbow community plays a big part in Australia's LGBTQI landscape.

"The whole title of the exhibition is called 'Love and Protest'. This is going back to 1978 when there were a lot of protests against the LGBTQI here in Sydney so celebrating the 40th is a milestone."