(One time my journalist pal Jillian Burt wrote one on Andy Warhol and they said to her "we can't run that - nobody has ever heard of him".)
They did however, risk running one of these non-news pieces on a tiny new Sydney boutique in the very pretty Strand Arcade, called Flamingo Park. The feature was about the originality of Bondi-born Jenny Kee who founded it, and Beaumaris-born Linda Jackson who joined her shortly after.
The frocks illustrated were unusual and lovely, silky slinky and bias-cut in the 1930's style, from vintage patterned fabric - one was of lining silk, monogrammed all over with the name Letty Lynton and I wish I could see the gowns it had otherwise lined.
Totally impressed, I, dear reader, wrote them a fan letter.
It ties at the neck, it has no buttons or zips.
Here it is on my floor for a picture (left)
and I have spread on it the description catalogues from
3 of their Sydney collection launches I attended.
Here left, is the parade card from Flamingo Follies on a close-up of the pretty floral.
Geraldine Stutz at Henri Bendel the most stylish, the absolute biggest deal at that time, gave them an order.
They sent me Met shop postcards of Sonia Delaunay geometrics.
one of Linda's Delaunay-inspired jackets
(on a model)
another on TV journalist
Lyndall Hobbs in Melbourne before
going to Los Angeles and directing Beach Blanket Bingo.
Lyndall was at the 1983 London wedding of Sydney model Gael McKay whose gown was also one of Linda's loveliest creations. Sienna's sister Savannah Miller was her flowergirl and other guests were Dodi Fayed, George Harrison, Ms Jerry Hall and singer Mick Jagger.
In 1976 I bought Linda's taffeta jacket
homage to Delaunay, and
in 1979 a Cesarine sundress
with Delaunay pockets.
Both so very very 'Sydney Seventies' and
still looking cheerful hanging on
my gates today in Mount Helen
nearly 40 years on.
Jenny Kee is known for her knits designs
(you may recall seeing photos of Lady Diana
a koala pattern that Jenny gave her),
when I bought one called
were created/realised, by
Somewhere here on the left
or wherever Blogger decides to
plonk the image,
is Linda wearing it,
and then my color photo
as it looks today
hanging in this room.
Jenny and Linda's styles.
Powerhouse Museum NSW has a lot of it, and now in Melbourne
a show at NGV Federation Square.
A colourful feast you have plenty of time to see
as it runs until September.
Coincidentally, before Linda teamed with Jenny
she worked in Paris at Mia and Vicki,
who made my favourite frock, covered in my previous post you might like to read as well.
Thanks for your visit.
UPDATE 31st Jan: The Loupe has posted photos of the NGV opening night worth the clickthrough just to see Linda's incredible hair, and what Melbourne wears on a very hot day.
(except Lyndall*Hobbs and the model) are copyright Ann O'Dyne)