Collection Online
silk (taffeta), cotton, rayon
(a) 86.0 cm (centre back) 69.5 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(b) 69.5 cm (centre back) 27.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
(c) 116.0 cm (outer leg) 31.0 cm (waist, flat) (pants)
(d) 19.0 × 34.0 × 1.0 cm (bag)
(e) 21.0 × 34.5 × 1.0 cm (bag)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2010
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
Gallery location
Not on display
Outfit comprising jacket, skirt and pants made of blue Indian silk with white silk taffeta appliqué and with two matching bags. (a) Swing-back 1950s-style jacket with shawl collar. Opera House motifs appliquéd in white taffeta. (b) Dirndl skirt lined with white rayon. Opera House motifs appliquéd in white taffeta. (c) Bias cut blue pants. (d) White cotton bag with top stitching with zip (e) White cotton bag with ‘Sydney’ in red cord appliqué. Reverse has two music notes appliquéd in black cotton.

Featuring an array of white appliqué sails on vibrant blue silk, Opera house is a playful abstracted idea of the Australian icon which opened in 1973. Jackson’s original Sydney Opera House outfit was created out of linen in 1974, and was included in the first Flamingo Follies parade held the same year. Jackson is recognised for transposing Australian flora and fauna into her designs; however, this is one rare occasion where she has reinterpreted Australian architecture. With Opera house, Jackson has revisited an existing design and developed upon the original, a process seen in many of her collections.

—text from Linda Jackson Bush Couture (Jan 2012)