She is the woman behind one of Australia’s most iconic and glamorous fashion labels and yet Collette Dinnigan finds happiness in a pair of muddy gumboots out on her farm. In this interview, she explains why ‘home’ is a sacred place – free from stress and people’s expectations of her as a business woman.
“Home to me, I feel very at home in the country,” Collette said.
“It’s sacred in a way. We all have to find a place that we can’t be touched and pulled.”
About Collette Dinnigan
Collette Dinnigan is one of the country’s most successful and celebrated fashion and interior designers.
Collette became the first Australian to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear collection in Paris in October 1995, and in 1996 was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show on the prestigious Paris Fashion Week schedule. In 2008, she was invited to join the esteemed executive board of the organization.
Collette was no overnight success. Hard work and passionate attention to detail have driven her to become Australia’s most lauded designer. Her list of awards is long. She won Australian Designer of the Year in 1996, and, most notably, the Louis Vuitton’s Business Award in 1997. She received the Award for Excellence from Fashion Group International in 1998. The same year she was appointed Chairperson of The New South Wales Small Business Development Corporation, having previously participated as an advisor to the South Australian Wool Board.