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2014/73/259 Evening dress, womens, designed and made by Collette Dinnigan, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Spring Summer 1998-1999. Click to enlarge.

Evening dress by Collette Dinnigan

Made by Dinnigan, Collette in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1998-1999.

This evening dress is part of a large collection of clothing and associated documentation by Collette Dinnigan.

Since 1990 Collette Dinnigan has built an international reputation, and sales, for her sophisticated label and made a significant contribution to the global perception of the Australian fashion industry. She has been an inspirational designer and business woman producing consecutive collections showing in Paris, Australia and New York. This considerable archive traces garments produc...


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Object Statement

Evening dress, womens, designed and made by Collette Dinnigan, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Spring Summer 1998-1999

Physical Description

Full length evening dress in pink fabric overlayed with an open mesh in a floral pattern constructed from a yellow woven fabric bound with silver thread. Sleeveless dress has a fitted bodice with scooped neckline and full skirt.


Cloth label sewn to back neckline. "COLLETTE DINNIGAN/MADE IN AUSTRALIA/XS"
Cardboard swing tag attached to cloth label. On front "THIS GARMENT HAS BEEN INDIVIDUALLY CUT AND MADE BY HAND". On back "1988/SS 98/99".



380 mm



This evening dress is from Collette Dinnigan's Spring-Summer 1998/1999 collection.



In late 2011 Collette Dinnigan offered the Collette Dinnigan collection to the Powerhouse Museum. In consultation with Collette Dinnigan, curators Glynis Jones and Lindie Ward made a selection of garments for the Museum's collection.

Collette Dinnigan history notes: (summary from Collette Dinnigan Brand Profile-

Collette Dinnigan was born in South Africa, trevalled the world abourd a yacht with her family for two years before settling in New Zealand. Graduated from Wellington Polytechnic, New Zealand, in fashion design and textiles and moved to Australia where she worked in the costume department of the Australian Broadcasting Commision.

1990 -Collette Dinnigan launched her label with dryclean only lingerie. The first collections are purchased by Barney's New York, Neiman Marcus, Harvey Nichols and Joyce Hong Kong, establishing an international presence. Australian and New Zealand stockists followed.
1992 - Collette Dinnigan opened her first retail store in William Street, Paddington, Sydney.
1995 - Opens a second store in Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne. Collette Dinnigan becomes the first Australian designer to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale du Pret a Porter des Couturiers et des Createurs de Mode to show on the prestigious Paris schedule. Collette Dinnigan becomes a member of the Chambre Syndicale.
1996 - Awarded Australian 'Designer of the Year' .
1997 - Collette Dinnigan is appointed as an advisor to the South Australian Wool Board.
1998 - The NSW Small Business Development Corporation appoints Collette Dinnigan Chairperson. Oscar winning costume designer Catherine Martin directs the A/W Collette Dinnigan collection show.
1999 - Collette Dinnigan moves her rapidly expanding design studio and all operations into a newly renovated head office in Surry Hills, Sydney.
2000 - A third signature Collette Dinnigan retail store opens in Chelsea, London. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London honours Collette Dinnigan and showcases her label in their highly prestigious series of live Fashion in Motion Exhibitions.
2001 - UK super retailer Marks & Spencer invites Collette Dinnigan to create a branded collection of lingerie called Wild Hearts exclusively for their stores.
2002 - David Jones invites Collette Dinnigan to open an in-store concession at Elizabeth Street, Sydney. It is followed later that year by in-store concessions within David Jones, Bourke Street,
2004 - The Collette Dinnigan Enfant collection is launched, inspired by the birth of her daughter Estella. Collette Dinnigan was presented with the ?CLEO and Maybelline? Celebrity Designer of the Year Award, and was also honoured for her contribution to the industry by being presented with the Hall of Fame Award for outstanding achievement.
2005 - As part of the Australian Legends series, Australia Post issues a stamp featuring Collette Dinnigan
2007 - Collette Dinnigan Bridal is officially launched.
2008 - As part of their collaborative designer program Target Australia invites Collette Dinnigan to design a collection of lower priced mass market lingerie.
2010 - To mark 20 years in business, collette by collette dinnigan is launched, a diffusion collection stocked by David Jones, Net-A-Porter and by 2011 over 100 retailers globally.
2011 - Collette Dinnigan designs three main collections per year; three collette by collette dinnigan collections; two bridal collections and three lingerie collections.
2012 - Collette Dinnigan receives the Australian Fashion Laureate award presented by the NSW government and IMG Fashion.
2013 - Collette Dinnigan becomes the first Australian designer to show in Singapore's Audi Fashion Festival opening the week alongside designers Carolina Herrara and Peter Pilotto. Collette continues her ambassador role with the Australian Wool Institute (AWI) ? which assists Australian woolgrowers. Obsessive Creative ? Collette's first hard cover coffee table book on her life's story and fashion career is released by Penguin Books Australia. The forward is written by super model Helena Christensen. In October, Collette announces her retirement from Paris Fashion Week and downsizes her retail and wholesale operations (from 2014) choosing to only focus on licensing and special projects ? primarily in Australia.
2014 - Collette continues to design for her diffusion brand, Collette by Collette Dinnigan, Collette Dinnigan Enfant & Hosiery, Specsavers Designer Eyewear..


Credit Line

Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Collette Dinnigan, 2013

Acquisition Date

9 July 2014

Cite this Object


Evening dress by Collette Dinnigan 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 August 2019, <>


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