Jenny Kee demonstrates 'The Art of the Scarf' in her first major presentation since 1981 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Fall 2012. The world-renowned designer has her models painted geisha white with fuschia eyes. Kee’s showing carries customary influences from every corner of the world, including Panamanian, Peruvian, Japanese, Zairian, and Native American to name a few. The result is tribal, nomadic and psychedelic.
The thread stitching the story together is from the designer’s native land, Australia. When visitors entered The Box the smell of eucalyptus -- the koala’s favorite food -- overwhelms the olfactory organ. The plants tied in the models' hair were taken from the designer’s garden in the mountains, and the surrounding flora is also distinctively Australian.
With a seamless archival of curated pieces, blended with her range of scarves, assembled by Kee and Romance Was Born’s Anna Plunket, this display could have been confused as one collection. Nonetheless, her unmistakable and consistent style is never monotonous. Instead, it demonstrates Kee’s clear point of view and Australia’s contribution to fashion.