Go forth & dazzle!

by Saturday, September 30, 2017

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

So said Edith Head, the world’s greatest Costume Designer.

Now I know this is NOT breaking news however, one thing I’ve learnt over my years on the small screen is that to feel good in front of a camera, you should highlight your assets and disguise your flaws.

I didn’t invent this well-worn strategy (pardon the pun) and neither did Hollywood costume designer Edith Head but she dressed the stars so well that she received eight Academy Awards for her work for everyone from Shirley Temple to Fred Astaire, in films ranging from Sunset Boulevard to Vertigo.

They say Edith’s greatest skill was her capacity to recognise apparent ‘flaws’ in the bodies she dressed, using drape, cut and pattern to disguise these imperfections and to highlight the wearer’s ‘assets’. Oh, wouldn’t it be great to have an Edith looking out for you!? We can but dream…

I just loved seeing 70+ of her costumes from the 1930s to the 1960s on Thursday night at the Bendigo Art Gallery for the launch of their show, ‘The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood’.

Karen Quinlan, the gallery’s Director (pictured), has snared yet another world-class offering for the regional city which punches well above its weight when it comes to luring fabulous exhibitions.

Several years back, thousands of us drove up the Calder Freeway to see the ‘Marilyn Monroe’ exhibition, which came about through a collaboration between Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox. And of course, back in 2012, the Gallery hosted ‘Grace Kelly: Style Icon’, highlighting her glamorous wardrobe and her Hollywood image. That exhibition was displayed exclusively in Australia at Bendigo Art Gallery, organised by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco – no less!

And did you know that Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco (married to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II – Grace Kelly’s son) made a special visit to Australia in 2012 to officially open the Grace Kelly exhibition, in Bendigo? Now if that aint testament to Karen’s charm offensive, I don’t know what is!

Karen and her team have well and truly cemented a stellar reputation for bringing record-breaking crowd-pleasers to Bendigo and in turn, garnered the regional centre national respect – and given a shot in the arm to the local economy.

Bendigo’s star is definitely rising as a cultural capital among Victoria’s regional cities and the tourist numbers reflect this. How lovely it is to have these amazing experiences brought to Australia and for me, close enough to warrant a weekend away or, at least an enjoyable day-trip with my bestie.

I’m so pleased to be able to offer, thanks to the generosity of the Bendigo Art Gallery, a coveted double pass to ‘The Costume Designer: Edith Head & Hollywood’. All you need to do is add a comment to one of our ‘Edith’ competition posts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook AND follow us and you’re in the draw. Good luck! And look out for the podcast of my interview with Karen – she is such a powerhouse!

Other goodies on offer for you this week include a podcast in which I explore the sound of travel with podcaster-extraordinaire Joel Carnegie from The Space Company. Have a listen as we unlock the sounds of travel, discussing accents, tips and tricks of podcasting, and apps to learn new languages. Fascinating!

And to tickle your travel taste buds, we meet Guest Traveller Alicia Allanson and her family, who escaped from the hustle and bustle of Bali’s beaches to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali and a mecca for world-class dining and arts. Just take a look at the jade-coloured pool and the intricate carvings in this villa. Amazing.

Then, taking a sharp left turn to one of my favourite places in Europe, in our Ask The Concierge, Head Concierge Alessandro Heinrich from San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, in Italy, shares his wealth of knowledge about the world’s most beautiful floating city.

Go forth and dazzle, my friends!