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Medium
silk (satin), (chiffon), peacock feathers
Measurements
(a) 87.0 cm (centre back) 108.0 cm (width at hem) (poncho)
(b) 91.0 cm (centre back) 34.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
(c) 118.0 cm (outer leg) 36.0 cm (waist, flat) (pants)
(d) 14.5 × 167.5 cm (cummerbund)
(e) 81.0 × 39.0 cm (panel)
(f) 81.0 × 38.0 cm (panel)
(g) 43.0 × 55.5 cm (panel)
(h) 38.0 × 35.0 cm (panel)
(i) 35.0 × 35.0 cm (panel)
(j) 72.0 × 16.5 cm (panel)
(k) 72.0 × 17.5 cm (panel)
(l) 2.0 × 41.0 × 31.0 cm (headpiece)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
CT2.a-l-1994
Department
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1994
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Outfit comprising twelve separate parts. (a) Silk chiffon poncho hand-painted by Deborah Leser with colour gradations varying from violet, pink, blue, emerald to turquoise. (b) Bright blue, heavily pleated skirt attached to waistband and fastening at rear. (c) Bright blue silk satin pants with elastic waistband, tapering to ankle. (d) Bright blue, silk satin reversible cummerbund with ten triangular details sewn across the centre front. (e) Bright blue silk satin tie-on panel with three-leaf stitch detail. (f) Bright blue silk satin small tie-on panel with four-leaf stitch detail. (g) Bright blue silk satin small tie-on panel with four-leaf stitch detail. (h) Bright blue silk satin medium tie-on panel with six-leaf stitch detail. (i) Bright blue silk satin large tie-on panel with nine-leaf stitch detail. (j) Bright blue silk satin large tie-on panel with eight-leaf stitch detail. (k) Bright blue silk satin long, thin tie-on panel with four-leaf stitch detail. (l) Bright blue silk satin tie-on panel with four-leaf stitch detail.
About

Like many of Jackson’s works, Peacock outfit is made up of many complex parts which can be arranged in a different manner each time the outfit is worn. The finely stitched and padded irregular shapes take their form on the body. The silk chiffon veil, hand-painted by Deborah Leser, is secured with a feathered wreath. Jackson modelled this herself when it was first shown 1983.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)