Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise
Australian fashion doyennes Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, known for their vivid Australiana prints, will have their work celebrated in the first major survey of their partnership, opening at the Powerhouse Museum on October 17.
Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise will trace the artists’ formative years: Kee’s time in 1960s London working at the Chelsea Antique Market and Jackson’s travels through the Pacific, Asia and Europe. It will look at the start of their creative partnership in the 1970s when they opened the Flamingo Park Frock Salon in the Strand Arcade in Sydney’s CBD, and then follow their individual careers, including Kee’s designs for the Sydney Olympics and their [collaborations with Sydney label Romance Was Born.
More than 150 pieces of clothing, photographs and artworks, already owned by the museum, will be combined with items from the designers’ own archives. They include artworks by the pair, behind-the-scenes photos from their time working together, Kee’s Chanel suit from Karl Lagerfeld’s first collection for the house in 1983 and Jackson’s Waratah dress.
The exhibition will be immersive; each piece will be displayed surrounded by the environments and objects that influenced the designers: the Aussie bush, the Great Barrier Reef, opals and waratahs.
A publication will also accompany the exhibition with pieces written by Kee and Jackson, chapters written by fashion editor Georgina Safe, and contributions from others who have known and worked with the designers over the years.