The City of Joondalup have announced that fashion icons Jenny Lee and Linda Jackson will be the ambassadors for 2019’s Urban Couture. Urban Couture is a fashion program that aims to support the Western Australian fashion industry and bring emerging fashion designers, photographers, textile artists and creative business entrepreneurs to the northern corridor of Perth.
Each year the program engages with fashion and costume design students at Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and both North and South Metropolitan TAFE.
Kee was born in Sydney and worked with stylist and vintage trailblazer Vern Lambert at London’s Chelsea Antique Market, and for over 40 years her work has appeared on silk, paper, wool, ceramics and canvas. Her designs are world renowned, exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian National Gallery, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the Marimura Museum in Tokyo and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.
Jackson was born in Melbourne in 1950 and is a designer, fashion retailer and artist. In the 1970s she collaborated with artists such as David McDiarmid and Peter Tully, who hand-painted fabrics for Jackson’s dresses and provided jewellery to complement her outfits.
Jackson has travelled throughout outback Australia, living and working with Aboriginal communities. She was one of many Australian artists and fashion designers featured in the exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum called Australian Fashion: the Contemporary Art.
The Urban Couture program runs from March 1 to 24 and features fashion shows, exhibitions, workshops and designer talk nights.