Collection Online
Gabon, fabric length
screenprinted cotton
107.3 × 150.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
printed in purple ink on selvage: NATHALIE DU PASQIER FOR MEMPHIS - 1982 - PRODUCED IN ITALY BY RAINBOW ®
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with the assistance of the National Gallery Women's Association, 1985
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display

For many, the work of Ettore Sottsass and his Memphis studio group based in Milan, with its bold colours, eclectic references and ironic wit, is the epitome of 1980s postmodern object and interior design. Nathalie du Pasquier’s Gabon textile was the result of an ‘ethnic-metropolitan’ mix of sources, including rock music, comic book graphics and trips to Africa, Australia and India. In a typically postmodern manner, du Pasquier explained that ‘the geometric motifs are the result of a jerky dance my imagination was engaged in’.