Denise L'Estrange-Corbet

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Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet

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L'Estrange-Corbet in 2014
NationalityNew Zealander
OccupationFashion designer and businesswoman
Known forFounded WORLD

Dame Denise Ann L'Estrange-Corbet DNZM is a New Zealand fashion designer and businesswoman. She founded WORLD, a fashion label, in 1989 with her then husband, Francis Hooper.

Personal life[edit]

L'Estrange-Corbet published her autobiography, All That Glitters, in 2008, in which she discussed her childhood in London and her history of depression.[1] At the age of 3 her mother took her and her sister to England to escape an abusive alcoholic father, and she was raised in London.[2] She appeared in a Ministry of Health campaign aimed at reducing the stigma of suffering from depression.[3]


L'Estrange-Corbet with Francis Hooper at an investiture dinner in 2014, following Hooper's appointment as a MNZM

In 1995 WORLD's designs won the Avant Garde category at the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Award, a $5000 prize.[2] In the 2002 Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, L'Estrange-Corbet was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), for services to fashion design.[4] She was promoted to Dame Companion (DNZM) of the same order in the 2018 New Year Honours, for services to fashion and the community.[5][3][6][7] She won the Westpac "Women of Influence" award in 2017.[6] In 2015 WORLD became the first fashion brand to be endorsed by the United Nations.[2]


In May 2018, online news platform The Spinoff criticized L'Estrange-Corbet's brand WORLD for selling imported clothes with a label attached saying "Made in New Zealand" in French, after herself made frequent criticisms of labour conditions of imported products[8]. The brand had not been rated by TEAR Fund's labour standards ratings scheme because of the claim all the products were made in New Zealand. L'Estrange-Corbet defended WORLD's practices, calling the story "gutter journalism" and a "beat-up" [9], and saying that the "clothing tags that say Made in NZ are Made in NZ, so there is nothing misleading about this" [10].


  • L'Estrange-Corbet, Denise (2008). All That Glitters. Auckland, New Zealand: Random House New Zealand. ISBN 1869790421.


  1. ^ Mackay, Jenetta (17 January 2018). "Denise L'Estrange-Corbet Isn't Afraid to Make a Statement - Viva". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Theunissen, Matthew (30 December 2017). "New Year Honour: Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b Mann, Britt (30 December 2017). "WORLD's Denise L'Estrange-Corbet made Dame Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit". Stuff. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2018". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Denise L'Estrange–Corbet". WOMAD. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  7. ^ "About the WORLD". WORLD. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  8. ^ Chapman, Madeleine (7 May 2018). "T-Shirts from Bangladesh. Sequin patches from China. Sold by WORLD as 'Made in New Zealand'". The Spinoff. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  9. ^ "'That's not me': Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet comes out swinging at 'misleading label' claims". Newshub. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Those WORLD T-shirts: Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet responds". The Spinoff. 7 May 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2019.