This International Women's Day the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery will welcome renowned Australian fashion designer, Linda Jackson AO, as special guest to a high tea event.
Linda has been a pioneering figure in Australian fashion design since the early 1970s and her collaboration with fellow designer, Jenny Kee, put Australian fashion on the international stage.
Together they created designs that celebrated Australia, and their Flamingo Park fashion parades became famous for their energetic amalgamation of art, fashion and music.
Their designs attracted worldwide attention, and they were worn by celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Sophia Loren, Lauren Bacall, and Joni Mitchell.
Since then, Linda developed her own label, Bush Couture, and travelled and lived in remote parts of Australia, working with Indigenous artists and designers.
She has also exhibited at and been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Most recently, her life’s work was captured in the ABC documentary ‘Step into Paradise’.
Linda said she was looking forward to her next venture, travelling to Bundaberg for the International Women's Day event at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.
“There will be some early textiles and fashion to view and I will be sharing my past stories and adventures I have had over the past many years,” she said.
“The most exciting change for me is to see the blossoming of First Nations Art Fashion and textiles over the past few years.
“More remote communities are creating amazing work and photographing their fashion in the landscape.
“I have also been inspired by many amazing women around the world over the years so to be invited to take part in this years International Women’s day sure is an honour!”
Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said attendees to the Bundaberg Regional Galleries' International Women's Day High Tea would be in for a treat.
“Linda is known for bold silhouettes and prints drawn from the Australian landscape, her spirituality and her rich collaborations with other artists,” he said.
“The Galleries’ Director, Rebecca McDuff, will lead the conversation exploring Linda’s journey as an artist and designer, and the important role she played in Australia’s fashion history.
“Gather your friends for an afternoon of thought-provoking conversation delivered with a delicious high tea.”
High tea details:
Date: Saturday 11 March 2023
Time: 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Tickets: $50pp. includes high tea and glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Bookings are essential for catering purposes
Tickets can be purchased here.