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99/6/20 Outfit, 'Wildflower', womens, comprising top, skirt and scarves (5), cotton / polyester, designed by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, Australia, 1978-1979. Click to enlarge.

'Wildflower' outfit by Jenny Kee and 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 stone …

Summary

Object No.

99/6/20

Object Statement

Outfit, 'Wildflower', womens, comprising top, skirt and scarves (5), cotton / polyester, designed by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, Australia, 1978-1979

Physical Description

Top: womens loose fitting, sleeveless top made of hand knitted cotton yarn. The top has a high straight neckline, slits across the shoulder seams and long vents at side seams at hem. The same design is on front and back, on an orange ground there is a pink flamingo eating in a garden with a very large passion flower behind it. The top is hand sewn and unlined.

Skirt: womens full, mid-calf length skirt made of blue cotton gathered onto a short yoke which in turn is gathered onto an elasticised waistband. The skirt is decorated with large appliqued Australian wildflowers including flannel flower, waratah, passion flower and sturt desert pea in different coloured cotton fabric. The skirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Scarves: five long narrow scarves made of sheer red polyester chiffon with the edges machine sewn.

Marks

Two white fabric labels, inside side seam of skirt 'SYDNEY / LINDA JACKSON / FLAMINGO PARK SYDNEY' and 'ALL COTTON'.

Production

Notes

The top was designed by Jenny Kee and the skirt by Linda Jackson in Australia.

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson met in 1973 when Jackson showed her first range of clothing at the Bonython Gallery in Sydney. Jackson had returned from travel in Asia and living in Paris. Kee had recently returned from London, where she worked in the Chelsea Antique Market. Later in '73 Kee opened the 'Flamingo Park Frock Salon' and filled it 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. Their annual parades involved other artists, jewellers, musicians and models and became famous as 'trendsetting creative events' (De Teliga, p 13). In 1981 Jackson and Kee staged their last joint show and parted as friends to pursue their own work. See De Teliga, J., and Jackson, L., 'Linda Jackson, The Art of Fashion'. Fontana, Australia, 1987.

Inspired by native and exotic flowers, transferred into abstract shapes, with traditional sewing methods used in applique technique on skirt.

Top hand knitted by Jenny Kee's home knitters, skirt made by Linda Jackson, Australia.

History

Notes

This outfit was worn by Jenny Kee in Clytie Jessop's film of Flamingo Follies parade, 1979.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Wildflower' outfit by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/167419>

Wikipedia

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