Bendigo Art Gallery plays host to a new exhibition showcasing The Australian Women’s Weekly’s rich history with vintage photographs from the pre-digital era.

The Australian Women’s Weekly November 23, 1960 cover. Photograph by Adelie Hurley.

The exhibition opened 27 March and will run until 27 August. Visitors can look back at the multitude of cooking, dressmaking, interior design and craft projects The Weekly has inspired over the decades and see how the magazine has reflected and inspired Australian women especially in the pre-digital decades, when it offered a vital window into fashion, domestic and social trends from the global stage.

Highlights of the exhibition include:
– A selection of the some of the biggest selling and most memorable covers featuring Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, as well as current and future Australian trailblazers like Turia Pitt, Delta Goodrem and more.
– Vintage photographs and behind the scenes materials depicting an iconic 1948 fashion show and magazine edition showcasing Parisian fashion, inspired by Christian Dior’s revolutionary ‘New Look’, and modelled by visiting French models.
– Collections of photos from past editors and staff including Ita Buttrose and Alice Jackson.
– Five stunning pieces of contemporary Australian fashion design which have graced recent covers, worn by an inspiring range of notable Australian women, including a Toni Maticevski gown worn by legendary culinary entrepreneur Maggie Beer and an Aurelio Costarella gown worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark amongst others.

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