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silk (satin), (chiffon), peacock feathers
(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
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1994
Gallery location
Not on display

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)