Stepping out on her own in 1990, the Collette Dinnigan label was born. Collette's distinctive style meant her in-demand designs were snapped up by hip boutiques and department stores in Australia and New Zealand. Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols and Joyce in Hong Kong were soon to follow and an international presence was established.
In 1995 Collette became the first Australian based designer to mount a full-scale ready to wear parade in Paris and she remains the only one to have been invited to do so by the Chambre Syndicale du prêt-a-porter des couturiers et des createurs de mode.
In 2001 Collette teamed up with iconic UK retailer Marks & Spencer and launched an exclusive lingerie collection under the name of “Wild Hearts”.
Collette continues to confirm and strengthen her commitment to Australian retailer David Jones Department Stores by opening ‘in store boutiques’ in Sydney (Elizabeth Street and Bondi Junction), Melbourne and Perth.
In August 2006 Collette Dinnigan Enfant (children’s wear) made its debut in Collette Dinnigan boutiques and David Jones stores nationally as well as exclusive boutiques throughout the US, UK, Middle East and Asia. The philosophy behind Collette Dinnigan Enfant is to produce beautiful pieces that are affordable, wearable, versatile and child friendly.
March 2007 Collette triumphantly returned to the Paris catwalk with her Autumn / Fall 2007 Collection “Equinox Girl” at the Carrousel du Louvre. Collette Dinnigan was the very first Australian designer to be invited to show her Collection in Paris by the Chambre Syndicale. Collette has been showing her Collection in Paris now for twelve years and to this date remains the only Australian on the Paris schedule.
Her label drew inspiration from classical vintage styles; which spoke of luxury and were distinctly feminine. Her style can vary, but her trademark is her tulle, chiffon and lace dresses, inspired by the art deco period. Her products are usually very feminine, delicate and finely tailored.
Collette Dinnigan describes her label’s style as being romantic bohemian and timelessly elegant, based on the reworking of historical fabrics. Her products are designed to be suggestive of the body, rather than revealing; thus achieving the sense of confidence, sensuality and individuality.
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