"Fredrikson understood the role costumes play in revealing the narratives of the ballet and the complexities of the characters on stage", says curator Leanne Wickham.
"His eye for detail, use of colour, decadent material choices and glittering embellishments infused the ballets with life, blurring the lines between dancer and costume."
From saris to feathers, silky satin and ripped linen rags, fabric formed the foundation of his work. Fredrikson famously collected material wherever he went, from second-hand shops and the like, transforming it into part of an exquisite costume.
Kristian Fredrikson received many awards in his lifetime, and died in Sydney in November 2005.