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99/6/13 Evening ensemble, 'Cocteau', womens, consisting of dress and hat, handpainted silk taffeta, designed by Linda Jackson, painted by Charlotte Barnes, retailed by Flamingo Park, Australia, 1975. Click to enlarge.

'Cocteau' outfit 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 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Evening ensemble, 'Cocteau', womens, consisting of dress and hat, handpainted silk taffeta, designed by Linda Jackson, painted by Charlotte Barnes, retailed by Flamingo Park, Australia, 1975

Physical Description

Ensemble consists of painted black silk taffeta dress and hat.

Dress: tight fitting, full length evening dress made of painted black silk taffeta. The one-armed bodice has the proper right shoulder strap decorated with a large bow of the same black silk. The dress is decorated with fine line drawings hand painted in white in Cocteau theme, there are faces, flowers, horses, human figures and squiggles. There is a kick pleat at proper left side seam near hem. Proper left side seam opening fastens with a black nylon zipper and a metal hook and eye. The dress in machine sewn and fully lined with black silk.

Hat: bonnet style cap of same black silk with two long ties under the chin.


Designers fabric label, inside centre back neck of dress, 'CREATED BY / Linda Jackson', navy blue fabric label 'Flamingo Park / SYDNEY', white fabric label 'DRY CLEAN ONLY'.



This ensemble was designed by Linda Jackson and Charlotte Barnes in Australia.

Linda 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 interest in working with fabrics draped over a form. In 1973 she showed her first range 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.

The Cocteau theme design reflects Kee and Jackson's interest in the work of early twentieth century artists.

This dress and hat were made by Linda Jackson, handpainted design by Charlotte Barnes.

This ensemble was made in 1975.



This ensemble was probably featured in the Bondi Pavilion Parade of 1975.


Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object


'Cocteau' outfit by Linda Jackson 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <>


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