Linda Jackson (designer)
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Linda Jackson AO (born 1950) is an Australian fashion designer, fashion retailer and artist. She was born in Melbourne, Australia. She studied fashion, design and photography in Melbourne, then travelled in the 1960s in Asia and Europe. She met designer Jenny Kee in 1972, with whom she established Flamingo Park, a boutique in The Strand Arcade, Sydney in 1973. She created the Bush Couture and Bush Kids labels. This period also saw Jackson collaborate with artists such as David McDiarmid and Peter Tully, who hand-painted fabrics for Jackson's dresses and provided jewellery to complement her outfits. She has travelled throughout outback Australia, living and working with Aboriginal communities.
She has also exhibited as a painter and photographer. She was one of many Australian artists and fashion designers in the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Australian Fashion: the Contemporary Art.
Jackson was influenced in the late 1960s and 1970s by Peter Tully, David McDiarmid and Clarence Chai. Later she was influenced by her experience of the Australian outback and the work of native Australian artists, and also by the traditional beading of Kenya.
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