The Australian Women's Weekly: 90 Years of an Australian Icon

The Australian Women's Weekly: 90 Years of an Australian Icon


Posted 2023-04-26 by Nadine Cresswell-Myattfollow

Sat 27 May 2023 - Sun 27 Aug 2023

Bendigo Art Gallery is about to do it again!They are getting half of Melbourne up and moving, train-bound and on the tracks to visit another blockbuster exhibition.

And I say train-bound because the regional Victorian network is now capped at the same prices as metropolitan daily fares – $9.20 for a full fare or $4.60 for concessions. Or on weekends $6.70 full and $3.35 concession. There has never been a better reason to get out there!

Starting with Bendigo Art Gallery and their forthcoming exhibition Australian Women's Weekly: 90 Years Of An Australian Icon running from 27 May - 27 Aug 2023.

The exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of The Australian Women's Weekly looking back at the inspiring women who have been part of the magazine's history such as wartime reporter Dorothy Drain, who filed stories from the field during WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, writing for the mothers and sisters of the soldiers she met. The mag even gave that doyen of the industry Ida Buttrose a start. Her first job in journalism was as a copygirl at Australian Women's Weekly. When she got the reins in the 1970s, she transformed it into a cultural institution.

Bendigo Gallery does fashion in style. Who could forget the fabulous Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion, Undressed: 350 Years of Fashion in Underwear or Grace Kelly: Style Icon.

Now there is a lot of scope for fashion when the topic is the Australian Women's Weekly.

The Weekly has always offered a window onto the global fashion stage, so expect to see a selection of garments by leading Australian designers, worn by notable and inspiring Australian women – including Toni Maticevski worn by legendary culinary entrepreneur Maggie Beer, Sonia Cappallazzo for actress and writer Miranda Tapsell, and an Aurelio Costarella gown worn by Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

There's also a bit of the kitsch including a knitted 'Blinky' jumper based on the pattern published by The Weekly in 1982, weeks after Princess Diana was photographed wearing Jenny Kee's iconic original at a polo match.

Other highlights of the exhibition include:

A selection of some of the biggest-selling covers featuring Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, and contemporary and future Australian trailblazers like Turia Pitt, Delta Goodrem and others.

But wait there's so much more. The Australian Women's Weekly filled our lives and our homes with colour and inspiration offering tips on dressmaking, interior design, craft and cooking projects.

Who hasn't scoured an op shop looking for a much-loved Women's Weekly Cook Book! Some are so iconic they keep reprinting them such as the "Children's Birthday Cake Book", still going strong 43 years after its first publication. Some of the cakes will be on display.

So time to get onboard for this fabulous free exhibition. I wonder whether their gift shop will sell Women's Weekly cookbooks. They'd be mad not to.

For more information on getting there visit Public Transport Victoria's website.

!date 27/05/2023 -- 27/08/2023
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