My day out with Marilyn June 29 2016, 0 Comments

Last Sunday I went to the Bendigo Art Gallery, around150 K out of Melbourne, to visit the Marilyn Monroe Art exhibition. If she was still alive Marilyn would have turned 90 this month! Even though the years have advanced time has not forgotten this iconic screen idol. She is as popular as ever!

 

The Bendigo City Center has been transformed into a busy tourist hub with many vintage shops showing iconic Marilyn Hollywood dresses and other M M merchandise in their front windows. The center of the town has a gigantic 8 meter high Marilyn sculpture made by Seward Johnson. It has been seen in various towns in the USA and its international debut is in Bendigo!

 

We prebooked tickets to see the exhibition and entry times were staggered throughout the day but even so the gallery was packed with people being a Sunday afternoon.

I thought I would wear my French 1950's retro leopard print raincoat to this event. It fits the vintage theme and kept me warm! My black jeans are from Top Shop, black turtleneck jumper Uniqlo, bag Louis Vuitton, and my Karen  sunglasses are from the Aneva online store.

 

Although a little crowded the show was lovely with lots of photographs of the very young Norma Jean to the voluptuous and infamous actress that she became. There were a number of screens around the gallery of her films including of course her famous 'diamonds are a girls best friend' and her rendition of 'Happy Birthday' to Mr President JFK. Of course there were myriads of her outfits, some recognizable like the red dress she wore when wooing the troops in Korea and the more private outfits she wore by Emilio Pucci.

This crystal embossed red dress was one of her favorites, she wore it a number of times and held onto to it until the end of her life.

One thought I had while viewing all the M M images was that she was a very beautiful and photogenic woman and it is true that a woman's most significant accessory is really her smile. Marilyn knew how to work that amazing smile and in that smile one could see her love of life, insecurities, vulnerabilities, her great femininity and confidence in showing it to the world.

 

 

The exhibition finishes on the 10th July so you need to get there in the next few weeks if you want to see it. It really is worth seeing and spending a weekend in the beautiful historical township of Bendigo.