Collette Dinnigan

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Collette Dinnigan at the Puss In Boots Australian premiere, in November 2011

Collette Mary Ann Dinnigan AO (born 24 September 1965)[1] is an Australian based fashion designer. Born in South Africa, Dinnigan moved to New Zealand, then Australia, where she obtained work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She opened her own range in 1990, with the launch of a dry-clean only lingerie collection,[2] and was the first Australian to launch a ready-to-wear collection, in Paris in 1995.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Collette Dinnigan was born in South Africa on 24 September 1965. When she was eight, her family including a younger brother lived on their yacht for a number of years, eventually sailing around the southern coast of Australia and on to New Zealand, where they decided to remain. She graduated from a fashion design course at Wellington Polytechnic because she liked fashion designing. She later moved to Sydney, where she worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's costume department.[5]

Career and fashion range[edit]

In 1995, Dinnigan was the first Australian to launch a ready-to-wear collection in Paris; she was also the first to be asked to be in the 'ready-to-wear parade' in Paris. Her range was stocked in her stores in Sydney, Melbourne and London, and in David Jones department stores.[6]

In 2001, Dinnigan opened her first store on Greg Street in Sydney's Paddington, and imported stuff to her fashions to Barneys New York, Harvey Nichols in London, and Hong Kong.[4]

In 2002, UK retailer Marks & Spencer invited Dinnigan to create a branded collection of lingerie exclusively for their stores and Target stores in Australia. Wild Hearts by Collette Dinnigan launched and recorded impressive results.[6]

At the end of 2013 Dinnigan significantly scaled down her business, closing her boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London and stopping production of her bridal and evening wear lines. Approximately 80% of her staff lost their jobs. Dinnigan emphasized that the business was still profitable and had no debt; she wanted to spend more time with her family.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Dinnigan has a daughter, Estella, with her former partner Richard Wilkins and a son, Hunter, with husband, hotelier Bradley Cocks.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hornery, Andrew (31 December 2005). "Birthday bash a perfect fit". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Collette Dinnigan Clothing – Designer Women's Fashion". Australian Fashion Review Blog. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Dinnigan flies Aussie flag in Paris". The Age. 4 October 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Transcript: Collette Dinnigan". Talking Heads. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 3 March 2003. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Grand Designs". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. September 2015.
  6. ^ a b Tilley, Elizabeth (1 April 2008). "Collette Dinnigan lingerie set for Target, joining the ranks of Stella McCartney & Zac Posen". Entertainment: Fashion & Beauty. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Collette Dinnigan to close her boutiques" by Katrina Strickland, The Age, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Collette Dinnigan: I quit to regain balance in life" by Andrew Hornery, The Age, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  9. ^ Boland, Yasmin (15 October 2004). "Essentially Collette". The Age. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  10. ^ Attard, Monica (24 April 2005). "Sunday Profile – Colette Dinnigan". ABC Local Radio. Retrieved 17 June 2008.

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