Three piece ensemble in black silk taffeta, crepe and organza fabrics comprising cape, halter neck bib and skirt with cummerbund.
(a) Circular layered cape made of hand cut and machine edged petal like layers of various silk fabrics.
(b) Black taffeta, halter neck bib with gathered elastic waistband and long fabric ties. Bottom edge of hemline is shaped into petals. Neck ties at either side of front attached through large eyelets.
(c) Calf length, black taffeta, organza and silk crepe layered skirt gathered to elastic waistband.
(d) Separate cummerbund.
Jackson is known for her love of colour and in particular the use of strong colour combinations in her outfits. For her, black is also a significant colour, and one that is also found in nature. Black magic is based on the form of the black cockatoo. It was made as a special order for the donor who purchased it through Georges in Melbourne who represented Jackson’s work at the time. The cut of the skirt, halter-neck top and cape are all based on the circle, a concept Jackson explored in other outfits such as Flaming waratah.