Collection Online
shells, cotton, polyester, lycra, paint
(a) 94.0 × 10.0 cm (top) (b) 22.0 × 35.5 cm (pants)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 1998
© Jenny Bannister
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

Jenny Bannister was actively involved in Melbourne’s underground fashion scene in the 1970s. Her friend, avant-garde designer Clarence Chai, put on huge parties and fashion shows which Jenny would make clothes for, and her sister Wendy would model.

Bannister combined her love of the beach with her passion for the urban nightlife scene to create radical, wild costumes that celebrated bodies, flesh and the beach. She often designed breathtaking bathing suits, bikinis, and swimwear accessories. Her Scallop bikini made with black rope and golden scallop shells is a classic example.