8 February 2016

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced Exhibition at Sydney Powerhouse Museum

Words: Saskia Edwards
Images: Jonathan Rae

There’s a lot of lace, a lot of beads, and no doubt, a lot of chiffon. We’re talking about Collette Dinnigan - who’s best known for her ultra-feminine ensembles and dressing the likes of Taylor Swift and Julie Bishop. 

Well, let’s face it, her designs are part of a suburban aspiration of style. In a way, they sit alongside Tiffany & Co and Coach Bags - easily ogled without any push towards the avant-garde. In my mind, her real legacy will be reducing the barriers for Australian designers looking to an international market. After all, she was the first Australian designer to be on the official schedule at Paris fashion week. And here’s another first: Collette is the first Australian designer to have their own retrospective at the Sydney Powerhouse. With an illustrious ready-to-wear career, a children’s diffusion label and impressive collaborations perhaps the idea of a “powerhouse” is truly fitting.

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