Collection Online
silk (taffeta), paint
137.0 cm (centre back) 83.0 cm (waist, flat)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1994
© Linda Jackson/Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia; David McDiarmid/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 features stand up, high neck collar and three-quarter length kimono style dress with full length rectangular sleeves. The light weight purple taffeta has been hand painted firstly with opaque white, then over painted with orange, yellow, gold, red, green, blue and black.

Jackson collaborated with artist and close friend, David McDiarmid over many years. Jackson provided McDiarmid with pre-cut fabric pieces which he painted in his distinctive calligraphic style. Each piece incorporates symbols, words and initials interwoven into the design. In Paua kimono Jackson’s name has been spelled out. McDiarmid went to live in New York in 1979 but returned to Australia several times. This work was created after a trip Jackson made to New Zealand, which resulted in McDiarmid painting a series of fabrics inspired by the local abalone.