Collection Online
silk (taffeta)
(a) 104.7 cm (centre back) 39.5 m (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 14.0 × 187.0 cm (sash)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2010
© 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
Purple silk taffeta curve-shaped dress fastening centre back with metal zip. Silk taffeta quilted sash. Dress and sash lined with black silk taffeta.

Jackson travelled to Europe in 1972 and spent nearly six months in Paris, soaking up the celebrated practice of haute couture. Twentieth-century couturiers Christian Dior, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga and Madame Grès were among Jackson’s important touchstones, and her appreciation of traditional couture practices is highlighted in the naming of her label Bush Couture. With Curve, Jackson has played with the cut and drape of the fabric, creating a graceful arc that manipulates the viewer’s eye around the sculpted garment.