Last weekend some friends & I took a little road trip up to Bendigo to see the Grace Kelly exhibition.
The exhibition highlights clothing from Grace Kelly’s amazing wardrobe. I was amazed at not only the number of dresses they had there but at the number of truly iconic dresses on show. I later found out that this exhibition was originally shown at the Victoria & Albert museum in London. I think it’s an amazing win for the curator at the Bendigo Art Gallery to bring this out to Australia. Bendigo is a regional centre in Victoria, a couple of hours drive from Melbourne, but I was blown away with the number of people who had been brought into the town for the weekend. Every shop we went to was packed, as was every restaurant – so much for a relaxing day away from the city!
The dresses in the exhibition were in really good condition & were presented so that you could see them from (almost) every angle. There were a number of dresses I’d seen a million times in photos, her Oscar’s dress, a replica of her wedding dress, a number of dresses from High Society & many more. The wonderful thing was that despite having seen these dresses before, it was still great to see them in real life. You could see new aspects or views of a dress or see how it was put together. The section I loved the most though was the gowns she wore later in life as Princess Grace. I have never been so close (& probably never will be again) to so many stunning Dior gowns. It was amazing to see all the detailing up close. I could go on forever… I really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to show you, as you’re not allowed to take photos inside, so you’ll just have to head out there yourself!
The exhibition runs until the 17th June, unfortunately all weekend daytime sessions are sold out between now & then but there is still availability for weekday & Saturday night sessions. If you have the time, I highly recommend taking the trip out there. Just make sure you book tickets before you make the journey to avoid disappointment.
P.S. Giant thanks to Bernice for doing all the driving & organising everything.