Published: 30 July 2013
Born in Bondi, Sydney, in 1947 to a Chinese father and an English/Italian mother, Jenny grew up by sparkling blue sea and came of age in the day-glo colours of the 1960's. She worked with style guru and vintage trailblazer Vern Lambert at London's Chelsea Antique Market..."my university of fashion and life." Upon returning to Australia in 1973, she opened her famous frock salon Flamingo Park in Sydney's Strand Arcade.
Over 40 years, Jenny's work has appeared on silk, on paper, on wool, on cotton, on ceramics and on canvas. Her creativity has been shaped by an eclectic mix of global influences, from Aboriginal Australian to early European, and the exotic arts of Africa, India, Asia and South America. Jenny's distinctive style has evolved, steeped in a passion for nature, to reflect a "strong, spontaneous, bold and optimistic" Australia.
Her designs are world-renowned, exhibited at the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian National Gallery, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Marimura Museum in Tokyo.
Jenny's work has been featured in international magazines from Italian Vogue to New York's Women's Wear Daily. Her Opal designs were used by Chanel in Paris and her Koala knits worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.
She has received numerous commissions, including works for Parliament House in Canberra, the Australian Bicentenary and her breathtaking parade of costumes for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
In 2005 Jenny shifted her focus inwards, writing her autobiography from her home in the Blue Mountains wilderness. A Big Life was published by Penguin Australia in October 2006.
In 2008, she launched Target's "Designers for Target" series with an exclusive range of Jenny Kee homewares.
Jenny continues to paint and draw reflective, exuberant works always inspired by the force of nature.
In 2011, Jenny Kee, opened L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival with a 40 year retrospective of her designs—and unveiled her newest venture, Art of the Scarf, a square of silk is the canvas on which she splashes the rich and vibrant colours of her deep love affair with the land. Jenny Kee's timeless design has always been enriched by living close to nature."I really cherish this earth," she says." It is behind everything I do!"
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