I have always been more obsessed with Audrey Hepburn than Marilyn Monroe, but when I discovered that Marilyn’s glamorous costumes would be showcased in Australia I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a piece of the world’s most famous blonde bombshell… in the middle of regional Victoria of all places!

Marilyn Monroe remains the enduring poster girl of classic Hollywood, from humble beginnings at Norma Jeane Baker to the ultimate screen siren, Marilyn Monroe. The beautiful exhibition, presented by Twentieth Century Fox and the Bendigo Art Gallery, showcased 20 original costumes from some of Marilyn’s most iconic roles such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, as well as dresses and accessories from her own personal wardrobe.

Accompanying the exhibition, the Bendigo Art Gallery installed an 8 metre high sculpture of Marilyn Monroe designed by Seward Johnson called Forever Marilyn. All 15 tonnes of Marilyn was transported from her previous location in the USA, after being displayed in both Chicago and Palm Springs. The sculpture is based on the iconic film scene in The Seven Year Itch where a gust of wind from the subway grate parachutes her white dress around her as she giggles flirtatiously.

Apart from the wonderful exhibition, Autumn was a gorgeous time to visit Bendigo. We enjoyed wandering the gorgeous Rosalind Park and Conservatory Gardens that were covered in a blanket of crisp golden autumn leaves. We also took an afternoon drive out to the wineries around Heathcote where we taste tested a couple of drops of local Shiraz. The wineries around Heathcote are world renowned for their quality as a result of the nutrient dense ancient soil. It was a lovely overnight getaway from Melbourne, just a two hour drive from home with good roads and green rolling hills most of the way.


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