Clothing ensemble by Collette Dinnigan

Made by Dinnigan, Collette in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c.2000.

This ensemble of a black silk satin top and black slim fitting pant was designed by Collette Dinnigan of Sydney. The ensemble is part of a collection of Australian and international designer clothing, shoes and bags from the personal wardrobe of Catherine Martin.

Catherine Martin is one of Australia’s outstanding creative talents, working as a production designer, film producer and costume designer on significant film, theatre and event productions including Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Ro...


Ensemble comprising of a top and pants.

Black silk satin top with shaped black chiffon pleated panels, short puffed sleeve and large black crepe flower applied to proper left shoulder. Silk lining. Zip fastening middle back of neckline.

Slim fitting black pants ruched at side bottom and trimmed with ribbon. Zip fastening middle back of waistline.

Black silk sash with rouched central panel.


Includes label 'This is an original Collette Dinnigan garment and is protected by copyright.'
Dinnigan, Collette c.2000


The ensemble was purchased from the Collette Dinnigan Look Book.

Catherine Martin was born in Sydney in 1965. She completed a Diploma Design course at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. It was here that she met and started working on projects with her future husband and creative partner Baz Luhrmann (b 1962).

Martin's first design project with Luhrmann was his experimental opera entitled Lake Lost devised for the Australian Opera in 1987, for which she and her co-designer Angus Strathie won a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Design. She has designed all of Luhrmann's subsequent productions including Strictly Ballroom (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996) for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction, A Midsummer Night's Dream (various season's 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2003) Moulin Rouge (2001) for which Martin won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design and best Production Design, La Bohème (various productions, 1990, 1993, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2004) and Australia (2008).

Catherine Martin and Baz Luhrmann married in 1997 and in the same year co-founded their film, theatre and entertainment production company Bazmark Inc and its subsidiaries Bazmark Live and Bazmark Music.
Martin, Catherine


Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Catherine Martin, 2011
21 June, 2011

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Clothing ensemble by Collette Dinnigan 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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