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99/6/45 Outfit, comprising shirt and pants, womens, 'Goddesses' print', cotton, designed and made by Jenny Kee, Australia, printed in Italy, 1990. Click to enlarge.

'Goddesses' womens outfit made 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.

99/6/45

Object Statement

Outfit, comprising shirt and pants, womens, 'Goddesses' print', cotton, designed and made by Jenny Kee, Australia, printed in Italy, 1990

Physical Description

Outfit, womens, shirt and pants, cotton, 'Goddesses' print, Jenny Kee, Australia, 1990.

Shirt: loose fitting shirt made of printed cotton. The shirt has a high neck and flat collar and long sleeves that fasten at the cuffs with black plastic buttons. There is one patch pocket at proper right breast. The fabric is printed in black and white with abstract Goddess figures. The centre front opeing fastens with six black plastic buttons. The shirt is machine sewn and unlined.

Pants: pair of loose fitting, slim legged pants made of the same printed cotton fabric. There are two slash pockets in the side seams at hip level and they are gathered onto an elasticised waistband. The pants are machine sewn and unlined.

Marks

Shirt: two fabric labels inside centre back neck, one red and black 'JENNY KEE', one white '100% COTTON/DESIGNED BY JENNY KEE/PRINTED IN ITALY/WASHING INSTRUCTIONS/OVER, reverse 'WASHING INSTRUCTIONS/HAND WASH IN WARM WATER/RINSE WELL IN COLD WATER/THEN SPIN WATER OUT IN/SPIN DRY OF WASHING MACHINE/(5 MINUTES)/DRY CLEANABLE/DO NOT DRIP DRY'.

Pants: same as above plus another white fabric label centre back waist 'M'.

Production

Printed

Notes

Jenny worked with a designer who was working for Kaldors and Buyers. Jenny liked the designer's work so they collaborated on this print, the designer drew on Jenny's original Goddess print and reworked it into this design.
Jenny worked with a licensing agreement with 'Buyers', in about 1988, which was an Australian company working in Granville. At this point Jenny was trying to become more commercial, responding to encouragement from others. Unfortunately Buyers went under and Jenny's business suffered. Jenny felt their product was good but that they didn't have the necessary marketing skills. The encouragement to become more commercial did not make for a good period for Jenny. She found it soul destroying to lose control over the quality of her work and had been used to producing the best designs on the finest fabrics. In licencing she felt she lost her voice and the quality of her product.

This outfit was made in Australia by Jenny Kee.

This outfit was made in 1990.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

2 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Goddesses' womens outfit made by Jenny Kee 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 December 2022, <https://ma.as/167597>

Wikipedia

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