About Me


Can collecting Ken Done be good? What would it look like to wear a different piece of 1980s Australian fashion for one year?


What Ken Be Done is Jackie Ruddock's tribute to Ken Done and other 1980s Australian fashion icons.


What Ken Be Done also raises money for The Social Studio - who work with young people from refugee backgrounds living in Melbourne, Australia. These young people develop their self-esteem, skills and employment prospects using fashion design as a starting point.


(Above: Me in 1987, the same year the cannonical Fashion Australia by Elina Mackay was published.  I'm wearing a Jenny Kee pattern jumper, hand-knitted by my maternal grandmother.)

Good Fashion ...
Beginning on Tuesday 29 June 2010 - the same day Ken Done celebrates his 70th birthday - I pledge to wear a piece of Ken Done fashion for one year (as well as some other inspired pieces by 1980s Australian fashion icons). For every day of *good fashion* I will donate $3 (= a coffee) to The Social Studio. Watch out for some other important vintage Australian icons being celebrated over 365 days! Check out Fridays - the 'inspired by Ken Done' fashion day! Join me on the journey and pledge a donation, of money or 1980s Australian fashion, to make a *good* difference...

... For Good
I was born in South Africa and I migrated with my family to Australia in 1981 (what a great decade to arrive!). My family left their home when the South African government still followed apartheid (segregation) policies. I have been raised to recognise the devastation racism causes to our communities. I am passionate about the Australian and African cultures, especially when we have so much to share in our love of colour and design.

I've now made my career in social justice. For over eight years, I've worked in the social justice sector especially with young people in need. Right now I am the co-Founder and Director of FAR Social Enterprise. FAR develops collaborative social projects focusing on leadership, non-profit management, innovative philanthropy and entrepreneurialism.

And a part of me has always loved *good fashion*... So imagine my delight when I found out about The Social Studio, an exceptional organisation that combines my passions to build skills and training opportunities in an entrepreneurial way with young people from refugee backgrounds. An organisation like this deserves support and this is my first step...

Please get involved!  Join the *good fashion for good* movement...



You can contact me via jackie@goodfashionforgood.com