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99/6/22 Dress, 'Fish', womens, handpainted silk chiffon, made by Linda Jackson and handpainted by Bruce Goold, Australia, 1979. Click to enlarge.

'Fish' dress 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

Dress, 'Fish', womens, handpainted silk chiffon, made by Linda Jackson and handpainted by Bruce Goold, Australia, 1979

Physical Description

Womens sleeveless, loose fitting sheaf dress falling to below the knee made up of three layers of blue polyester in different shades. The dress has a straight neckline with slight cowl effect. The layers are handpainted with fish in blue, greens, orange and brown. The dress fastens at the shoulders with four ties of green chiffon. The dress is machine sewn.



560 mm



The fish motif was designed by Bruce Goold and the dress by Linda Jackson in Australia.

Linda Jackson studied fashion design at the Emily Macpherson College and photography at the Prahan Technical College in Melbourne. In the late 1960's and early 1970'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' 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 incorporated other artists, jewellers, musicians and models. 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.

Bruce Goold has become one of Australia's most accomplished linotype artists and designers. A resident of the legendary 'Yellow House', he went on to design for Mambo.

This dress was made by Linda Jackson and painted by Bruce Goold.

This dress was made in 1979.



Worn by Jenny Kee.


Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object


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


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