Trelise Cooper

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Trelise Cooper Britomart stores in Auckland, New Zealand

Dame Trelise Cooper, DNZM is a fashion designer from New Zealand. Her designs have featured in magazines such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Women's Wear Daily,[1] and InStyle and featured on the television series Sex and the City.[2] Customers include Liv Tyler, Miley Cyrus,[3] Lindsay Lohan, Stevie Nicks, Suri Cruise,[4] Julia Roberts,[5] and The Pussycat Dolls.[6][7]

Cooper creates three clothing ranges - Trelise Cooper, Cooper by Trelise and Trelise Cooper Kids. She also produces Trelise Cooper Interiors, a fabric range made in association with textiles house Charles Parsons. Her signature fragrance 'Trelise' was launched late 2009.[8]

The Trelise Cooper design business began in the early 1980s, with her first boutique opening in 1985.[9] The Trelise Cooper Kids Auckland flagship store won the supreme award at the 2007 New Zealand Retail Interior Design Awards.[10]

Cooper shows her three ranges at New Zealand Fashion Week. In March 2009 Cooper became the first New Zealand designer to stage a fashion show on board the cruise ship Queen Mary 2.[11]

Cooper is a patron of the Breast Cancer Research Trust [12] and supports Habitat for Humanity. At 2009's New Zealand Fashion Week Cooper initiated an onsite house build to promote this charity.[13] She is also an environmental supporter, producing eco bags for supermarket chain Progressive Enterprises.[14] Cooper in 2004 was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and later in 2014 advanced to Dame Companion in the same Order.[15]

She is married to Jack Cooper, an Australasian textile wholesaler.

In December 2005, Cooper had an intellectual property dispute with fellow New Zealand fashion designer Tamsin Cooper,[16] objecting to Tamsin registering her name as a trademark. In July 2007, Trelise Cooper agreed to drop the suit and let Tamsin Cooper operate under her own name.[17]

She had also studied at Henderson High School (Auckland)


  1. ^ "Publications". 2004-08-11. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Fashionable Auckland | New Zealand Travel + Tourism". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Hannah Montana star chooses NZ designer's creation for Idol appearance - Life & Style - NZ Herald News". 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Suri Cruise spotted wearing Trelise Cooper Kids - Life & Style - NZ Herald News". 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Fashion Week | Television New Zealand | Entertainment | TV One, TV2, U". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Designers". Macleod Agencies. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
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  10. ^ "Saatchi & Saatchi: Top Retail Award for Saatchi & Saatchi Design NZ". 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  11. ^ "Queen Mary 2 arrives in Auckland - Travel - NZ Herald News". 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  12. ^ [4][dead link]
  13. ^ Page, Emma (2009-07-05). "How to fashion a house - fashion - life-style". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  14. ^ "Countdown - Trelise Cooper Eco Bag 09". Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  15. ^ "New Zealand Honours Lists". DPMC. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  16. ^ [5][dead link]
  17. ^ "Cooper and Cooper reach agreement over trade marks | Scoop News". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 

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