Collection Online
silk (taffeta), silk (crepe), silk (organza)
(a) 55.0 cm (centre back) 62.0 cm (hem circumference) (cape) (b) 50.0 cm (centre back) 23.5 cm (waist, flat) (top) (c) 85.5 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt) (d) 62.0 × 266.0 cm (cummerbund)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Anthea Ball in memory of Mrs Gladys Ball, 2004
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display

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.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)