The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.
99/6/9 Ensemble with accessories, '50s Abstract 1', womens, dress, head scarves (2) and jewellery suite, cotton / plastic / metal, by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1975. Click to enlarge.

'50s Abstract 1' ensemble with accessories by Linda Jackson

Made
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.

99/6/9

Object Statement

Ensemble with accessories, '50s Abstract 1', womens, dress, head scarves (2) and jewellery suite, cotton / plastic / metal, by Linda Jackson, Australia, 1975

Physical Description

Womens outfit comprising a printed cotton shift dress with two matching head scarves and a jewellery suite of a necklace, brooch and a pair of earrings.

Dress: sleeveless, calf length shift dress in printed cotton featuring an abstract design in green, yellow, red and black on a white ground. The dress has a high boat neckline and is trimmed at the neckline, sleeves and hem with black and white striped braid. There are two blobby shaped patch pockets at left and right front at hip level. The dress has a short vent at centre back hem which is also trimmed with the striped braid. Machine sewn and fully lined with black cotton.

Head scarves: two triangular head scarves of the same fabric as the dress and trimmed all round with black and white striped braid. One scarf is bigger than the other. Machine sewn and fully lined with black cotton.

Jewellery suite:

Necklace: short necklace made up of white and black plastic dice and round black plastic beads threaded onto thick black thread. The necklace fastens at centre back with a metal hook and eye.

Brooch: small brooch made up of two white and black plastic dice glued together onto a metal pin clasp at the back.

Earrings: pair of earrings made up of single white and black plastic die with a metal clasp glued to one side (one of the earrings has the clasp missing).

Production

Notes

This outfit was designed by Linda Jackson in Australia.

At this time, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson were very interested in the shape and designs of 1950's garments and were gathering 1950's fabrics to use in their work.

Jackson studied fashion design at Emily Macpherson College and photography at Prahan Technical College in Melbourne. In the late 1960's and early 70'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 fabrics draped over a form. In 1973 she showed her first range of clothing at the Bonythong Gallery in Sudney and met Jenny Kee. Later that year Kee opened the 'Flamingo Park Frock Salon', filled with Jackson's 'Jackson couture'. For the next ten years, Jackson and Kee worked as prolific and highly successful collaborators, becoming internationlaly acclaimed for their contribution to a unique Australian style. In 1981 Jackson and Kee staged their last joint show and in 193 Jackson launched 'Bush Couture'. See De Teliga, J., and Jackson, L., 'Linda Jackson, The Art of Fashion', Fontana, Australia, 1987.

This outfit was made by Linda Jackson in Australia.

This outfit was made in 1975.

History

Notes

This outfit was possibly featured in the Bondi Pavillion Parade of 1975.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

3 February 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'50s Abstract 1' ensemble with accessories by Linda Jackson 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/167709>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/167709 |title='50s Abstract 1' ensemble with accessories by Linda Jackson |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=1 July 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}