All programs & events
Linda Jackson
born Australia 1950
Past program

Design Talks

NGV Australia, Federation Square
Temporary Exhibitions
Ground Level

Take a closer look at the key themes in 200 years of Australian Fashion with a range of talks and conversations led by curators, designers and fashion historians.

Learn about the important pieces and people that have made Australian fashion what it is today.


Sun 6 Mar, 11am (Past)

Hear reflections on contemporary Australian fashion through the work of Kym Ellery, Toni Maticevski, Romance was Born, and take a closer look at the special commission by Dion Lee with exhibition curators Danielle Whitfield and Paola Di Trocchio.

Speakers Danielle Whitfield and Paola Di Trocchio, Curators, Fashion and Textiles

Sun 6 Mar, 2pm (Past)

Rewind to 1973. Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are both back in Australia after travelling abroad – Jenny to London, Linda to New Guinea, Asia and Europe.

Upon her return, Jenny opened the Flamingo Park ‘frock salon’ in Sydney’s Strand Arcade. She had met Linda two months before and together their mix of art, retro kitsch and original clothing designs forged a unique vision of Australian dress. Flamingo Park became an Australian identity in fashion. An amalgamation of art, music and fashion, their ‘Flamingo Follies’ shows from 1974 – 1981 became legendary events and still influence Australian fashion today.

Together again for the opening weekend of 200 Years of Australian Fashion, Linda and Jenny will share their story of design collaboration beside their works on display.

Speakers Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee, fashion designers

Sat 2 Apr, 11am (Past)

Journey through the last century and  evolution of Australian style as Karen Webster reflects on the days when fashion trends lasted several years, and our grandmothers and mothers inspired us to make, do and mend.

Reminisce about a time when we were loyal to one department store be it Georges, Myer, Coles Variety Store, Ball and Welch, Buckley and Nunn or Darrods. Today, global trend forecasters reach out to our fair land to capture the ethos of our fashion mode.

How did we get here?

Speaker Karen Webster, Head of Strategy and Development, Whitehouse Institute of Design

Thu 14 Apr, 2pm (Past)

In Melbourne, during the 1950s the tree-lined top end of Collins Street became the city’s epicenter of style.

The street had a cosmopolitan air with its wide roadway, outside cafes and bookshops, photographic studios and dressmaking boutiques.

Katie Somerville will share her insights into the glamorous salons and millinery houses that populated this strip along with the mannequins and the photographers who captured their style.

Speaker Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles

Sat 14 May, 11am (Past)

Explore print, cultural motifs and the way fashion merges with sub cultures in Melbourne from the eighties to today with designer and artist Sara Thorn. Sara will share her insights into the influences, characters and inspirations that created the Abyss, Galaxy and Sara Thorn labels to the present day and beyond.

Speaker Sara Thorn, designer

Sun 12 Jun, 11am (Past)

Hear from Paola Di Trocchio, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, as she shares her insights into the development of accessory design in Australia, in particular looking at millinery from the nineteenth century to the present day and select accessories using distinctly Australian materials.

Speaker Paola Di Trocchio, Curator, Fashion and Textiles

Sun 3 Jul, 11am (Past)

Often Aboriginal modes of adornment are seen as an example of anti-fashion because they are viewed as being traditional and therefore unchanging. Dr Fred Cahir discusses the many examples of cross cultural exchanges on the Australian frontier that show Aboriginal people adorning themselves in the new fashion acquired from the colonists.

Speaker Dr Fred Cahir, Associate Professor in Aboriginal History, Indigenous Studies Program Coordinator, Federation University

Thu 21 Jul, 2pm (Past)

Discover details behind dressmaking in the nineteenth century through some of the earliest labelled garments in the Australian fashion collections and the stories of their makers, including Melbourne’s Mrs Eeles, Brisbane’s Miss Scott and Sydney’s mother and daughter team, Doak and Beattie.

Speaker Paola Di Trocchio, Curator, Fashion and Textiles