The outfit 'Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking The Sacred Path', designed by Masahiro Nakagawa and Jenny Kee, exemplifies the design ethos of Tokyo Recycle project #15. The garment is a collaborative effort with Chloe Simcox and the Japanese design team of Nakagawa Sochi headed by Masahiro Nakagawa. The design team gather together items of clothing and interview each participant to determine personal meanings associated with the clothing before deconstructing the clothing, reconstructing it and restoring a connection and meaning between people and their possessions. The Japanese design team transformed a box of T-shirts that held special memories for Jenny of her partner, Danton Hughes. The reassembled garment is an extravagant dress complete with colourful leggings and a bustle in the shape of a waratah, a signature design motif for Kee. Greatly inspired by the recycle project, Jenny, with the help of a team of artisans and friends, transformed the original dress into a sculptural costume piece infused with meaning and memories that pay homage to Danton.
Jenny Kee born 1947 in Bondi, Sydney is an influential Australian designer renowned for incorporating distinctly Australian motifs, creating a strong Australian fashion identity. This garment is particularly significant for its aesthetic appeal and the spiritual values and memories attached to the garment. 'Transformer: White Waratah Warrior, Walking The Sacred Path', represents the work of an important Australian designer noted for her innovative designs of great beauty and originality.