Collection Online
silk (taffeta), silk (crepe), silk (organza)
(a) 55.0 cm (centre back) 62.0 cm (hem circumference) (cape)
(b) 50.0 cm (centre back) 23.5 cm (waist, flat) (top)
(c) 85.5 cm (centre back) 30.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
(d) 62.0 × 266.0 cm (cummerbund)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
(a) label, inner neckline, woven in green on black acetate: CREATED BY / Linda / Jackson
(c) label, centre back, woven in green on black acetate: CREATED BY / Linda / Jackson
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Anthea Ball in memory of Mrs Gladys Ball, 2004
© 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
Three piece ensemble in black silk taffeta, crepe and organza fabrics comprising cape, halter neck bib and skirt with cummerbund. (a) Circular layered cape made of hand cut and machine edged petal like layers of various silk fabrics. (b) Black taffeta, halter neck bib with gathered elastic waistband and long fabric ties. Bottom edge of hemline is shaped into petals. Neck ties at either side of front attached through large eyelets. (c) Calf length, black taffeta, organza and silk crepe layered skirt gathered to elastic waistband. (d) Separate cummerbund.

Jackson is known for her love of colour and in particular the use of strong colour combinations in her outfits. For her, black is also a significant colour, and one that is also found in nature. Black magic is based on the form of the black cockatoo. It was made as a special order for the donor who purchased it through Georges in Melbourne who represented Jackson’s work at the time. The cut of the skirt, halter-neck top and cape are all based on the circle, a concept Jackson explored in other outfits such as Flaming waratah.