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Wmens string bikini by Linda Jackson

Jenny Kee collection of clothing, textiles, artwork and archive, Australia/England/Japan/Africa/USA 1967-1995

Jenny Kee (born Sydney 1947) is one of Australia's most important designers, best known for designing and retailing a unique range of colourful clothing and knitwear. One major theme links all aspects of this collection, Jenny Kee's love of Australia's unique natural environment. Her garments are a canvas for her artwork featuring images of native flora and fauna, the opal gem stone …


Object No.


Object Statement

String bikini, womens, cotton, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1975

Physical Description

String bikini, womens, cotton, designed by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1975

String bikini made of glazed cotton chintz, printed with alligator skin design in browns.

Top: womens bikini top made up of two triangles of fabric strung together through the bottom of each. The top fastens at centre back neck and centre back with thin black cotton cord. Machine sewn and unlined.

Bottoms: pair of brief bikini bottoms that fasten at sides with think black cotton cord. Machine sewn and unlined.



This bikini was designed by Linda Jackson in Australia.

Jackson studied fashion design at Emily Macpherson College and photography at Prahan Technical College in Melbourne. In the late 1960's and early 70's she travelled through Asia, and lived in New Guinea in 1969. In 1972 Jackson worked in Paris and developed her interst in working with fabrics draped over a form. In 1973 she showed her first collection of clothing at the Bonython Gallery in Sydney and met Jenny Kee. Later that year Kee opened the 'Flamingo Park Frock Salon', filled with Jackson's 'Jackson Couture'. For the next ten years, Jackson and Kee worked as prolific and highly successful collaborators, becoming internationally acclaimed for their contribution to a unique Australian style. In 1981 Jackson and Kee staged their last joint show and in 1983 Jackson launched 'Bush Couture'. See De Teliga, J., and Jackson, L., 'Linda Jackson, The Art of Fashion', Fontana, Australia, 1987.

This bikini was made by Linda Jackson in Australia.

This bikini was made in 1975.



This bikini was possibly modelled by Carol Lopez in the Bondi Pavilion Parade of 1975.


Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object


Wmens string bikini by Linda Jackson 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <>


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