Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson, the partnership that defined a unique aesthetic for Australian fashion from the early 1970s right through to today, are being celebrated in an exhibition currently on at the Powerhouse Museum. 

Compiled from the museum’s own permanent collection, the exhibit includes over 150 items representing the full span of their 46 year career together. Featuring signature bold coloured knitwear, sculptured dresses, costumes designed for the Sydney Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, designs for breakout fashion label, Romance Was Born, as well as dozens of outfits exemplifying their distinct, brave, quirky style, the exhibition is a journey through fashion history and a narrative of creative passion. 

As well as an impressive collection of garments, the display features sketchbooks, videos, photos, and paraphernalia related to their work. The presentation itself is a show, with nostalgic props, signage, recreations, mood lighting – it’s almost an immersion. 

Drawing from the rich colours of the land, the endemic flora and fauna, and the idiosyncratic Australian character, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson created designs that reflected and elevated the culture of this land. 

On now until March 22, 2020. 

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