Get ready for the summer with these bright ideas

DESIGNING: Edith Head in her Paramount Pictures studio © Paramount Pictures

DESIGNING: Edith Head in her Paramount Pictures studio © Paramount Pictures

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THE Bendigo Art Gallery brings you Edith Head this summer through to January 21. A fashion-icon in her own right, Edith wore understated clothing in only four colours (black, white, beige and brown), to ensure that when dressing the stars, she herself would fade into the background and her star, and creations, would shine instead. She is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema.

Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in the history of cinema.  In her 50 year career, first at Paramount Pictures and later at Universal Studios, the American-born designer worked closely with many of Hollywood’s most important stars on close to a thousand films.

The Costume Designer brings together more than seventy of these costumes, from the 1930s to the 1960s, gleaned from the archives of Paramount, the Collection of Motion Picture Costume Design and other private collections.

“We are thrilled to bring the creations of Edith Head to Bendigo Art Gallery,” said Director Karen Quinlan.  “Here is a true Hollywood taste-maker, whose designs played a huge role in the history of fashion, design and cinema, and yet they’ve rarely been seen in the public domain or outside the US.  

 “This exhibition continues our ongoing commitment to highlighting the vital role female artists have played in twentieth century cinematic history.  We are well aware, with the success of previous Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe exhibitions held here at Bendigo Art Gallery, that these stories not only need telling, but are also most enthusiastically welcomed by our audiences,” she said. 

 Curated by Bendigo Art Gallery Curatorial Manager Tansy Curtin, The Costume Designer features garments worn by Shirley Temple, Gloria Swanson, Veronica Lake, Olivia De Havilland, Jane Russell, Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Yul Brynner, to name a few.  Films highlighted in the exhibition include The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, The Emperors Waltz, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, The Heiress and many more. 

Highlights include: 

·        The three piece evening gown worn by Barbara Stanwyck in The 1941 film The Lady Eve.

·        A day dress, coat and shoes worn by Shelley Winters in the 1951 film A Place in the Sun.

·        A two-piece performance suit worn by Bob Hope in the 1953 film Here Come the Girls. 

·        Shirley Temple’s bright red costume worn in the 1934 film Little Miss Marker.

·        A sportscoat worn by Cary Grant in the 1955 film To Catch a Thief.

Edith Head received eight Academy Awards during her career, the largest number ever won by a woman.  One of her many skills as a designer was to recognise apparent ‘flaws’ in the bodies she dressed, using drape, cut and pattern to disguise imperfects and to highlight the wearer’s ‘assets’.  

Tips to safely soak up the sun

SOAKING up the sun can be the best part of summer but forgetting to look after your skin can not only be uncomfortable, it can be deadly.

The Australian Institute of health and wellness estimates that 13,941 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017.

From that number they estimate that 1839 people will actually die from the cancer. There are some simple steps you can take this summer to reduce your risk of being sunburnt.

Cover up.

Wear long sleeve cotton shirts if working outside, as cotton is a breathable material so you won’t get too hot.

If you’re headed to the beach or pool a rashie is a great idea. There are some great designs and even some stylish ladies swimwear which incorporates a one-piece swimsuit with long sleeves.

Make sure the rashie has a good Ultraviolet protection factor. It’s usually advertised on the garment.

Seek out shade.

If you can find some shade it will greatly reduce your chances of getting burnt.

Apply sunblock often.

Sunblock is your last line of defense between you and the sun. Make sure you select a brand and rating which is appropriate for the activity you're undertaking in the sun. If you're laying in the sun at the beach don’t use a waterproof sunblock.

The properties which make it waterproof will also make you sweat the sunblock off quickly. Only use  waterproof sunblock if you’re in the water as it is designed to withstand swimming. 

Remember to reapply.

Sunblock needs to be applied often as it rubs off, will sweat off and will only last a set period of time  depending on environmental factors. Every two hours is a good guide but refer to the bottle for specific instructions.


If you do get burnt make sure you treat it properly. Keep skin cool by having a cold shower or bath, apply aloe vera spray or cream – better still the real plant works wonders. While following all these tips is great to help prevent sunburn and in turn hopefully prevent melanoma regular skin checks are vital.

Book one today with your GP or skin specialist. Before hitting the beach, the golf course, pool or even your own back yard, think ahead to keep your skin healthy all summer long. 

As Aussies, we’re used to summer heatwaves, but did you know that heat kills more of us than any other natural disaster? Normally the body cool itself by sweating, but sometimes that’s not enough. There are four steps experts say to surviving the heat – drink plenty of water, keep cool, take care of others and have a plan.

Going out? Keep an eye on the weather and stay out of the heat of the day. 

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A cool drink on a hot day is a treat indeed, so get ready for summers days by testing out this raspberry treat.

Enjoy a raspberry treat

Puree 300g fresh raspberries and ½ cup of sugar using a blender stick or food processor, then chill.

If you’ve an aversion to raspberry seeds, pour sauce through a fine sieve. Spoon a little chilled sauce into a tall glass. Add a generous scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream and pour over the raspberry sauce. Garnish with toasted, flaked almonds, more raspberries and a sprig of mint.