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silk (chiffon)
(a) 52.0 cm (centre back) 50.0 cm (sleeve length) (top) (b) 41.0 cm (centre back) (collar) (c) 87.0 cm (centre back) 29.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1992
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

Linda Jackson’s collaboration with Jenny Kee through their fashion business Flamingo Park, located in Sydney, produced some of the most original styles of garments ever produced in Australia. The garments were based on Australian themes especially from the Australian bush and featured beautiful printed appliqué or embroidered textiles designed by Kee or Jackson in natural fibres, silk or cotton.

In 1982, Jackson opened her own fashion business and shop Bush Couture, which closed in 1991. Jackson continued to produce garments inspired by the Australian bush and experiment with a range of fabric printing techniques, from fluorescent colours to the ochre coloured batiks from Utopia Station.

The many hued colour palette and simplified, layered construction of her Rainbow parrot costume is typical of the designer's unconventional approach to creating fashion.