Collection Online
batik on silk, batik on cotton
(a) 122.0 cm (centre back) 81.0 cm (width) (muumuu) (b) 113.0 cm (centre back) 90.0 cm (width at hem) (poncho) (c) 239.0 × 140.0 cm (fabric length) (d) 103.0 × 108.0 cm (fabric length) (e) 229.0 × 90.0 cm (fabric length) (f) 197.0 × 92.0 cm (fabric length)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales; Utopia, Northern Territory
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

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.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)