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99/6/36 Outfit, 'Black and White Unity', womens / mens, consisting of dress, skirt, belt, scarf, shoes (pair), fan and dancing skirt, silk / leather / fibre / feathers, Jenny Kee / Rainbow Fabrics / Comme des Garcons, Australia / Italy / Japan, 1986-2015. Click to enlarge.

'Black and White Unity' outfit by Jenny Kee

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.

99/6/36

Object Statement

Outfit, 'Black and White Unity', womens / mens, consisting of dress, skirt, belt, scarf, shoes (pair), fan and dancing skirt, silk / leather / fibre / feathers, Jenny Kee / Rainbow Fabrics / Comme des Garcons, Australia / Italy / Japan, 1986-2015

Physical Description

Outfit comprising loose fitting shift and full skirt with elasticised waist, matching obi style belt and scarf all in 'Black and White' print on an 'Oz Jacquard' weave.

Dress: loose fitting, sleeveless shift made of silk damask. the dress has a high straight neckline and long vents in side seams at the hem. The fabric is printed in cream and black in abstract motifs including Buddha head, ying yang symbol, figures, mythological beings and animals. The dress is machine sewn and unlined.

Skirt: calf length, full skirt of the same fabric. It has vents in the side seams at the hem and two slash pockets at the side seams at hip level. The skirt gathers onto an elasticised waist and it is machine sewn and unlined.

Belt: long rectangular obi style belt of the same silk with stiffening in the centre part. It is machine sewn and unlined.

Scarf: long rectangular scarf with sloped ends made of the same silk fabric. It is machine sewn and self lined.

Shoes: pair of slip on flat shoes made of black leather. The uppers of black leather have a short tab at the counter and a very square toe with is angled towards the outer edge. Beige leather soles with a very short heel and black leatherette innersoles.

Fan: large semi-circular hand fan made of emu feathers of variagated colour, cream to brown to dark brown. The feathers are bundled together and fastened into a shaped blob of resin that has been painted brown with small dots in black and cream and forms a handle. Threaded through the resin are two short loops of rust coloured cord.

Dancing skirt: mens dancing skirt made up of a loosely woven waistband of thick, coarse natural fibre thread. Attached to the band are lengths of black thread bunched together with blobs of resin which are decorated with bunches of white, brown and black feathers. The waistband fastens with coarse thread ties.

Marks

Skirt: red and black fabric label inside centre back waist 'JENNY KEE', white fabric label same position '100% SILK / FABRIC DESIGNED BY / JENNY KEE / PRINTED IN ITALY / DRY CLEAN ONLY'.
Shoes: stamped in gold on innersoles 'COMME des GARCONS / MADE IN JAPAN', impressed on soles '25'.

Production

Notes

Print designed by Jenny Kee, inspired by her interest in Buddhism. Printed over a subtle Oz Jacquard weave featuring Australian motifs.

The fabric was printed in Italy at Rainbow Fabrics and the outfit was made by Jenny Kee in Australia. The shoes were made by Comme des Garcons in Japan.

This outfit was made in 1986-2015.

History

Notes

Worn by Jenny Kee.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

2 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Black and White Unity' outfit by Jenny Kee 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 January 2022, <https://ma.as/167545>

Wikipedia

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