- 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.