Collection Online
silk (organza), (taffeta)
(a) 102.0 cm (centre back) 36.0 cm (waist, flat) (bodice)
(b) 102.0 cm (centre back) 35.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
(c) 18.0 × 128.0 × 4.0 cm (headpiece)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Vogue Australia, 1983
Gallery location
Not on display
Evening dress outfit comprising separate bodice, skirt and headpiece. (a) Bodice of black taffeta, fitted and buttoned at the back with 14 grey ball buttons and loops and short zip. Bodice features off-shoulder neckline decorated with red and green organza foliage. (b) Skirt of matching black organza with petal shaped hem and braided names of Australian flowers and organza leaves. (c) String of black and red organza 'peas' attached to black organza tie.

In 1986 Jackson was invited by the prestigious Neiman Marcus store in Dallas to participate in its ‘Australian Fortnight’. Honoured with a dedicated boutique space, Jackson was able to showcase her lavish taffeta and tulle gowns which had become a hallmark of her couture work. These had first appeared in her Bush Couture Blossom collection in 1983, one of which was the black silk taffeta and organza Sturt’s Desert Pea evening gown with a décolleté of red pea blossoms and matching headpiece or necklace. This work was a special commission by Vogue Australia.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)