Aussie fashion icons Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson are getting an immersive exhibition

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Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

Tracking four decades of work.

One of the most prolific and influential partnerships in Australian fashion history is set to be the subject of a huge exhibition later this year.

For the first time ever, the work of designers and artists Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson will be displayed in an in-depth, immersive setting.

Kee and Jackson have been honoured by the Order of Australia due to their longstanding industry contributions and impact on the country’s fashion culture.

Now, over 150 garments, artworks, photos and textiles will be brought together at the Powerhouse Museum, including a number of pieces that have never been seen by the public.

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step into Paradise will track each designer’s formative years and the start of their partnership, as well as their recent collaborative and individual endeavours.

The exhibition’s design will reflect Kee and Jackson’s use of the Australian landscape as inspiration for their own work. Clothes and art will be displayed amongst imagery of Aussie bushland, the Great Barrier Reef and other iconic scenery.

To accompany the show’s launch, Thames & Hudson and the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences is publishing a book on the duo’s work. Expect first-person accounts from Kee and Jackson, plus contributions from people who have worked with the pair over the past four decades.

The publication is set for September 2019, with the exhibition launching October 17.


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