Explore the romantic and feminine designs of Australia's most cherished fashion designer
Join legendary fashion critic Suzy Menkes on her visit to Australia for an intimate on-stage conversation with Collette Dinnigan, discussing the designer’s career and fashion philosophy.
Powerhouse Museum, 22 October 2015
Underwear as outerwear
After establishing her label with a range of vintage-infused underwear, Dinnigan translated these designs into outerwear, developing her signature style of lingerie dressing. A pioneer of the Australian fashion industry, she was the first Australian designer invited by the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode to show on the prestigious Paris ready-to-wear schedule and the first Australian featured on the cover of American fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily.
The garments in this space were produced for Dinnigan’s ready-to-wear collections spanning her career.
‘It is really important to me to work with people like myself, who are absolutely passionate about what they do; usually it is an obsession. If you are creative, every experience in life is important… I am at my best professionally when I work with people who are at the top of their fields, and whom I trust absolutely.’
Collette Dinnigan launched her bridal range in 2007, with gowns featuring romantic, often understated styles and hand-embellished textiles. The designs are more traditional than Dinnigan’s ready-to-wear collections, reflecting the more conservative market for wedding dresses. Celebrities who have worn Dinnigan’s wedding gowns include Sarah Murdoch, Miranda Kerr and Toni Collette.
Curators: Glynis Jones and Melanie Pitkin
Senior Curator: Roger Leong
Exhibition designer: Anna Tregloan
Digital Producer: Ryan Hernandez
Exhibition photographer: Marinco Kojdanovski
With thanks to Collette Dinnigan and Team