Graduate of Wellington Polytechic, New Zealand, in fashion & textiles.
Early career - ABC costume department.
Collette Dinnigan launches her label with dryclean only lingerie.
At the Australian Fashion Awards Collette Dinnigan wins the Fashion Innovation Award.
Elders Australian Wool Award.
Collette Dinnigan becomes a member of the Chambre Syndicale Committee.
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.
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.
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.
Award: Avon Woman's Day Spirit of Achievement 1999 - for recognition of outstanding achievements, leadership and vision in the field of Fashion & Beauty.
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.
UK retailer Marks & Spencer invites Collette Dinnigan to create a branded collection of lingerie exclusively for their stores - Wild Hearts by Collette Dinnigan launches.
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.
Ceremony Location: Sydney Opera House. Presented by: First Charlton Communications. Awarded: Australia's 50 Most Beautiful Exports 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Saint Tropez Antipodes Film Festival invites Collette Dinnigan to be on the jury of their 12th Annual Film Festival. Fellow jurors include Miranda Otto and Tina Arena.
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.
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.
Collette Dinnigan becomes the first Australian designer to show in Singapore’s Audi Fashion Festival.
Collette continues her ambassador role with the Australian Wool Institute (AWI) – which assists Australian woolgrowers.
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.
On August 31, ABC feature Collette Dinnigan in an episode of Australian Story, profiling her life and career achievements.
In October 2015, Collette disrupts the retail industry releasing a limited edition affordable children’s wear range, Young Hearts, for the German retail giant Aldi. Described by Retail Doctor Group’s Brian Walker as “one of the most brilliant tactical promotional activities seen in the past few years,” Mr Walker said.
October 4, 2016 Collette Dinnigan announces a second and final limited edition collaboration with Aldi, Young Hearts, introducing boys wear. "My second collaboration with ALDI is a special one, as I have expanded on the success of our past girlswear range and added a young boys collection. This is especially fitting as I have a three-year old son who helped inspire my designs,” said Collette Dinnigan.
On June 12th 2017, Collette was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) under the general division within the Australian honours system. The Order of Australia was established by Queen Elizabeth II and countersigned by Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975. The Australian Honours is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level. “For distinguished service to the clothing manufacturing industry as an internationally renowned fashion designer and entrepreneur, as a supporter and promoter of Australian wool, and to women as a role model.”
November 2, 2017 Collette was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Hall of Fame which celebrates the work of eminent designers and their significant contribution to Australia’s economic development and cultural identity.