Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Collette Dinnigan and Paris.

Pre 1990.

Originally from NZ, Collette attended Wellington Polytechnic and upon graduating, crossed the Tasman and began her career in fashion, working for the Costume Department of the ABC in Sydney.


Collette's own label sharing her full name was born.

Her distinctive style saw these new designs snapped up by hip boutiques and department stores in Australia and NZ, Barney's NY and Hong Kong among other countries were soon to follow and so the international presence was established.


Collette becomes the first Australian based designer to mount a full-scale ready to wear parade in Paris, invited to do so by the Chambre Syndicate du pret-a-porter des couturiers et des createurs de mode.


Australian Designer of the Year.
With another beautiful Aussie gal, Megan Gale.

Fast forward 15 years...


Collette Dinnigan's "beaded armour" and another one of her designs.

Collette remains the only Australian designer to show at Paris Fashion Week. Her theme for this year's Autumn-Winter collection is ''Frida Kahlo in sepia'', a Mexican feel with lots of lace, embroidery and 
embellishment. She describes the Romanesque-style silver dress like ''beaded armour''as it is so heavy.

No need to fly to Europe to experience the feel and pretty of this wonderful textile art, we have her home store right here in Sydney's finery hotpot, Surry Hills.

Being in Richmond in Sydney's west, we are more farmery then finery but we still have access to quality garments because, thankfully, Collette recognises that we don't all take home triple digit salaries and so has 
designed an affordable range of gorgeous lingerie for Target. Next shopping stop, Penrith Westfield!

'Wild Hearts'
''I am very considerate of what real women want. We don't just design for the catwalk like a lot of fashion houses where the head designers are men with no hips or butts so it only looks good on boyish-type figures.''
Amen. Merci, Ms Dinnigan!

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