Outfit, womens, top / trousers / tabard / tie / bag, ‘Opal Passion’, silk taffeta, print by Jenny Kee, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1982

Made by Jackson, Linda in Australia, Oceania, 1982.

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 and...

Summary

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Outfit, womens, top / trousers / tabard / tie / bag, 'Opal Passion', silk taffeta, print by Jenny Kee, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1982

Top: loose fitting top that has a V-neckline with a ragged edged cowl collar, long wide straight sleeves and long vents at side seams hem. The seams have ragged machine rolled edges. There are irregular cut out shapes scattered over the top which is made of printed silk taffeta, in reds, orange, brown, green, blue, yellow and white with a black ground. The design on the top is made up of jagged shapes and lines. It is machine sewn and fully lined with black silk.

Trousers: pair of loose fitting trousers made of the same fabric. The trousers have a full seat slim legs and are gathered onto an elasticed waist. They are machine sewn and partially lined with black silk.

Tabard: short loose fitting tabard to mid thigh length made of same fabric. It has a high, wide collar with eyeholes and machine rolled ragged edges. The tabard is machine sewn and fully lined with black silk.

Tie: long tie made of same fabric with ragged edge, machine sewn and fully lined with black silk.

Shoulder bag: small shoulder bag with abstract faces of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson in same fabric and colours as the rest of the outfit. The bag has a long thin shoulder strap of black silk and it is machine sewn and fully lined with black silk.

Production

Print by Jenny Kee, outfit by Linda Jackson.

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 incorporated 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.

The opal became one of the most important motifs for both Kee and Jackson.

This outfit was made by Linda Jackson, Australia.

This outfit was made in 1982.
Jackson, Linda 1982
Jackson, Linda

History

Worn by Jenny Kee in Australia.
Kee, Jenny

Source

Purchased 1999
3 February, 1999

Cite this Object

Outfit, womens, top / trousers / tabard / tie / bag, 'Opal Passion', silk taffeta, print by Jenny Kee, designed and made by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1982 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <https://ma.as/167450>
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