Collection Online
wool; handknit
70.0 cm (centre back) 48.0 cm (sleeve length)
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1986
© Jenny Kee
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

This ‘Blinky’ Koala, a hand-knitted jumper in natural, red, green and yellow on a black ground with a Koala, gum leaves, wattle motif and the map of Australia was first designed by Jenny Kee in 1974.

Kee's Blinky, Kooka and Kanga knit series form an important part of the distinctly Australian hand-knit revival that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. By combining bold colours and key emblems of Australian identity, Kee produced garments that derived their inspiration from within Australia and reflected an explicitly homegrown approach to fashion design.

These distinctive hand-knits attracted attention in Australia and overseas, gaining significant publicity in May 1982 when a picture was published around the world of Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales wearing a ‘Blinky’ jumper. The jumper was one of a pair given to the Royal couple for their wedding by actress Kim Wran, daughter of former NSW Premier Neville Wran.