Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Costume Designer: Edith Head & Hollywood Exhibition

On Saturday 21/10/2017, Neale & I travelled to Bendigo for the weekend, which is a 3 1/2 hour trip away for us. It was very easy to get there. Once we turned onto the freeway in Morwell, our next turn was onto the correct  exit to take us through Melbourne and then one more turn to pull into the motel carpark in Bendigo!

Neale had bought tickets for us to see the Edith Head exhibition which is currently being held at the Bendigo Art Gallery for the Sunday. I'd been wanting to see it since I read that there was to be an exhibition of her work

After we settled in, we went for a walk to explore the streets and town.  We actually spent several days on our honeymoon in Bendigo - but I really can't remember too much now, 32 1/2 years later! Anyway we walked all over the place, went to see an art exhibition by an aboriginal artist at another  gallery, I actually managed to make it to the top of the poppet head in Rosalind Park! Walked back to the town centre as they had an arts/crafts fair on in the evening with music in Hargreaves Mall.  I bought myself a cute headband and we bought ourselves tea from a food stall - a deconstructed souvalaki which was very tasty.  We then walked back to our motel - I barely made it too!  So much walking, and I am so unfit. Lets just say that I managed walk around to view the exhibition on Sunday, but Monday-Wednesday, all I could manage was a hobble.  My calves were painfully sore.

The exhibition was wonderful.  To see the costumes that the film stars wore for their performances was amazing.  Believe me - they are sooooo tiny.  I didn't take very many photos - I figured that the show catalogue would contain a lot of what was on display - alas no.  I think my favourite gown was a gold coloured one that Natalie Wood wore in "Inside Daisy Clover" in 1965.(bottom left below)

Top Left - Suit worn by Audrey Hepburn.  Edith Head share the Academy award nomination for this film in 1958 with Givenchy and it is likely that he played a major part in the design of this costume.
Middle - Wedding dress worn by Barbara Stanwyck - I think!
Top Right - worn by Olivia De Haviland
Bottom Left - worn by Natalie Wood
Bottom right - can't remember who wore the purple outfit and can't work it out from the description in the catalogue The green Edwardian travelling outfit was worn by Barbara Stanwyck.


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