History & Awards

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pre 1990
Graduate of Wellington Polytechic, New Zealand, in fashion & textiles.
Early career - ABC costume department.
1996
Collette Dinnigan is named as Designer of the Year by a prestigious panel of industry experts at the Australian Fashion Awards. She also receives Innovator of the Year.
1997
Collette Dinnigan is appointed as an advisor to the South Australian Wool Board.
In recognition of Collette Dinnigan’s outstanding contribution to Australian business she is presented with the Louis Vuitton Business Award.
1998
The NSW Small Business Development Corporation appoints Collette Dinnigan Chairperson.
Collette Dinnigan receives the Award For Excellence from Fashion Group International of Melbourne and is inducted into their Business Women’s Hall of Fame.
1999
Award: Avon Woman's Day Spirit of Achievement 1999 - for recognition of outstanding achievements, leadership and vision in the field of Fashion & Beauty.
2000
Ceremony Location: Sydney Opera House. Presented by: Overseas Trading Magazine. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2000 - To recognise outstanding achievement by an Australian overseas and helping Australia's export effort.
2001
UK retailer Marks & Spencer invites Collette Dinnigan to create a branded collection of lingerie exclusively for their stores - Wild Hearts by Collette Dinnigan launches.
2002
In Paris Collette Dinnigan is honoured with a Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World Award. She joins other honorees including Donna Karan, Anita Roddick and Jenny Craig.
2003
Ceremony Location: Sydney Opera House. Presented by: First Charlton Communications. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2003.
2004
Collette Dinnigan is presented with the Cleo and Maybelline Best Celebrity Designer of the Year Award; she is also recognised for her contribution to the industry and outstanding achievement with a Hall of Fame Award, voted by a panel of her peers.
Ceremony Location: Sydney Opera House. Presented by: First Charlton Communications. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2000 - To honour Australian people, products and places for outstanding achievement and contribution by an Australian overseas and helping Australia's export effort.
Contributes to the Marie Claire and Mercedes Australian Fashion Week 'Red Dress Campaign', preventing heart disease in women.
2005
Readers of Instyle vote Collette Dinnigan Best Australian Designer.
Readers of Marie Claire vote her Best Australian Designer and she is awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award by them.
Award Presented by: First Charlton Communications. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2005.
2006
Award Presented by: First Charlton Communications. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2006 - to honour Australian People, products and places for outstanding achievement and contribution to Australia's exports and image.
Award Presented by: Trail Blazers 2006. Award: 'Recognising our global achievers' - for outstanding achievement in globalmarkets and to recognise your contribution to the well being of australia's economic future through overseas trade.
2007
G’Day USA honours Collette Dinnigan and Olivia Newton John for their outstanding achievements at the Penfold’s American Australian Association Gala in New York.
2008
National Retailers Association honours Collette Dinnigan with the respected Award for Fashion Excellence. This award recognises individuals whose outstanding achievements and ongoing commitment have made a significant contribution to the fashion industry.
2009
Collette Dinnigan joins the panel of judges for the InStyle and Audi Women of Style awards.
Collette Dinnigan receives the Madison Lifetime Achievement in Fashion Award.
2011
Collette Dinnigan currently designs three main collections per year; three collette by Collette Dinnigan collections; two bridal collections and three lingerie collections.
Collette Dinnigan is inducted into the Creative Arts Hall of Fame, Massey University, New Zealand recognised for her contribution to the global fashion design world.
Collette is one of five Australian’s invited to meet Queen Elisabeth at Buckingham Palace.
2012
The New South Wales Government honours Collette Dinnigan with the 5th Australian Fashion Laureate Award. The award recognises outstanding creative and intellectual achievement in the Australian Fashion Industry.
Collette Dinnigan launches an online boutique.
2014
Collette continues to design for her diffusion brand, Collette by Collette Dinnigan, Collette Dinnigan Enfant & Hosiery, Specsavers Designer Eyewear and other special projects to be announced.
2016
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