Collection Online
screenprinted silk (taffeta), metallic paint
(a) 150.0 cm (centre back) 82.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 55.0 × 137.0 cm (wrap)
(c) 58.0 × 146.0 cm (wrap)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
(a) label, centre back neckline, woven in orange on black acetate: (heart) Linda Jackson.
label, printed in black on white cotton: MADE IN / AUSTRALIA
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1994
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia
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
Physical description
Costume comprising a dress and two separate wraps. Two separate wraps are gumleaves which tie at the right shoulder. The dress ties at the lower back to create a leaf sculptured shape. (a) The full-length black taffeta sheath dress is handprinted with green and gold metallic paint leaf motifs. The dress features a high asymmetrical collar and long sleeves both cut in the shape of leaves. (b) Large wrap with cut out leaf motifs. (c) Small wrap with cut out leaf motifs.

Under the Bush Couture label, Jackson began integrating metallic paint and stencils into her fabric designs. In Gumleaf costume and Desert Spinifex costume, we see Jackson’s experimental use of metallic tones amalgamated with the sculptural aspects of haute couture. Rather than sketching the designs, Jackson often creates her garments on the mannequin, and employs techniques such as draping, twisting and cutting fabric to create the sculptural elements in her work.