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99/6/19 Outfit, 'Abstract Patchwork', womens, consisting of shirt, skirt, trousers and cap, cotton, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1976. Click to enlarge.

'Abstract Patchwork' outfit by Linda Jackson

Designed
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 …

Summary

Object No.

99/6/19

Object Statement

Outfit, 'Abstract Patchwork', womens, consisting of shirt, skirt, trousers and cap, cotton, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1976

Physical Description

Shirt: womens oversize shirt made of multicoloured patchwork in cotton pieced in a geometric design. The shirt has a high stand collar and long straight sleeves. There are two black and white patch pockets, one at proper left breast and the other very large one at proper right front at hip level. There are long vents at side seams at hem and a centre front opening that fastens with one black fabric covered button and thread loop at centre front neck. The shirt is machine sewn and fully lined with red cotton.

Skirt: womens full, mid-calf length skirt made of multicoloured patchwork in cotton pieced in a geometric design. There are two large patch pockets at proper left front and proper right back at hip level. The skirt is gathered to an elasticised waistband. It is machine sewn and unlined.

Trousers: a pair of womens loose fitting, slim legged trousers made of multicoloured cotton patchwork in verticals stripes. The trousers have two slash pockets at left and right side seams at hip level. They have an elasticised waist and turn up cuffs with black and white striped facing. Machine sewn and unlined.

Cap: close fitting balaclava style cap made of crocheted polychrome cotton yarns in horizontal bands. There are eye and mouth holes on the front and two short ties that fasten the cap at centre back neck.

Marks

On shirt: black fabric label inside centre back neck 'MADE BY /Linda Jackson / SYDNEY', white fabric label in same spot 'DRY CLEAN ONLY'.

Production

Notes

This ensemble was designed by Linda Jackson in Australia.

Jackson studied fashion design at the 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 fabric 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 quilt is the inspiration for this design, with small squares and stripes of different coloured fabrics 'patched' together.

Made by Linda Jackson in Australia.

This outfit was made 1976.

History

Notes

This outfit was worn by Jenny Kee.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

2 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Abstract Patchwork' outfit by Linda Jackson 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/167413>

Wikipedia

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