Comprising muummuu, poncho and four fabric lengths which are wrapped and draped around the body.
(a) Muumuu in yellow, orange and brown silk batik
(b) Poncho in yellow, orange and brown silk batik
(c) Fabric length in yellow, orange and brown silk batik
(d) Fabric length in brown and pink silk batik (figures)
(e) Fabric length in brown, red, orange and pink silk batik
(f) Fabric length in brown and orange length of silk batik
Invited to Utopia Station in Central Australia in 1982, Jackson incorporated the batik fabrics produced there into her first solo show, titled Bush Couture. The works from Bush Couture were exhibited in her newly opened studio in Kings Cross, and the name was extended to her new label. One of the outfits exhibited in the show was Utopia costume. Complete with necklaces made from organic materials and opals, layers of silk batik are used to create the complex outfit. Utopia costume elegantly expresses Jackson’s collaborative approach to her work, developed through her interaction with indigenous communities, and is indicative of Jackson’s complex layering of art, life and environment through design.