In what is a significant coup for Bendigo, and cause for much hysteria among rock ‘n’ roll fans the country over, the renowned Bendigo Art Gallery is hosting the exclusive Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition through to July 17.
Curated in collaboration with Graceland, the exhibition will explore the King of Rock’s stellar career, his celebrated persona, lesser-known aspects of his early years, interests and personal life, and his radical sense of style, and will also feature a wide range of costumes and outfits, vintage memorabilia, and treasured items from his beloved Graceland home.
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Elvis has entered the building. And with him his 1976 Red Bicentennial Custom Harley Davidson and bright red convertible 1960 MG from the movie Blue Hawaii.
The Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition features around 300 authentic artefacts owned by Elvis Presley himself, direct from the icon’s home in Memphis, Tennessee.
In addition to his Harley, the Gallery will be adorned with his military uniforms and an amazing array of his famous jumpsuits. Personal items such as Lisa Marie’s baby clothes, garments and jewellery, Elvis’s first job application and his 1st-grade crayon box will also be showcased, and the exhibition will feature many items that rarely travel beyond the Graceland gates, including Elvis’s wedding tuxedo and Priscilla’s wedding dress.
For die-hard fans, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will cover key periods in Elvis’s life and career, including his early years living in the ‘shotgun shack’ in Tupelo, his break-out Sun Studios hit, U.S. Army service, his time in Hollywood, his unforgettable ’68 Special performance, and the glamourous Vegas years.
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The Elvis: Direct from Graceland showcases Elvis’s profound influence on music, design, art, and pop culture. Arguably the single greatest inspiration on the history of modern men’s fashion, his style continues to be referenced and re-mixed by designers and celebrities today.
In a time before celebrities had teams of personal stylists, Elvis carefully crafted his own look. Decked out in threads from the hip Lansky Brothers store on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis, with slick coiffed hair and black mascara, Elvis’s appearance was as sensational and iconic as his music and moves.
His audacious style evolved over the decades: from the soft trousers and argyle socks of his youth, to the leather rocker of 1968 and the flamboyant bling of the 1970s. Elvis maintained long-term partnerships with not only the Lanskys, but designers such as Bill Belew, who created the karate-inspired stage suits that rapidly evolved into the bejewelled jumpsuits of Las Vegas.
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A stay at the Bendigo Ernest Hotel perfectly rounds off your Elvis-based itinerary, not only because of the hotel’s close proximity to the Bendigo Art Gallery, but because of its commitment to celebrating arts and culture.
Create yourself an entire cultural experience with a ticket to the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition before finding your place amidst the creative surrounds of the Hotel itself where you can while the rest of the day away in a calm and restorative space.
The Bendigo Ernest Hotel is located only a few metres away from the Bendigo Art Gallery, ensuring your cultural escape is relaxing, slow and enriching.
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In order to honour the city’s commitment to art and culture, the Bendigo Ernest Hotel merges voguish interior design with an intentional showcase of exquisite art, thereby fashioning a unique experience where guests are truly surrounded by the wonders of creativity.
A stay at the Bendigo Ernest Hotel will perfectly round off your Elvis-based itinerary, not only because of the hotel’s close proximity to the Bendigo Art Gallery, but because of its commitment to celebrating arts and culture.
Create yourself an entire cultural experience with a ticket to the Elvis: Direct from Graceland exhibition before finding your place amidst the creative surrounds of the Bendigo Ernest Hotel itself where you can while the rest of the day away in a calm and restorative space.
It’s now or never.
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The Bendigo Art Gallery is located only a stone’s throw away (100 metres, to be exact) from the Bendigo Ernest Hotel, ensuring your cultural escape is as convenient as it is relaxing, slow and enriching.
Bendigo Ernest Hotel is an immersive experience that combines historic grandeur with modern features. Boasting 10 individualised suites, each room is adorned with alluring Australian art and swept with contemporary aesthetics, luxurious bedding, and designer furnishings – combining to forge a memorable and bespoke stay.
Hotel check-in is after 2pm, with self check-in available after 6pm as well as complimentary off-street parking at the rear of the building. To view booking terms and conditions click here.