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Creating the legend - Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

Creating the legend – Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

| On 05, Apr 2016

Under the chandelier in the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre stands a cabinet full of beautiful things – seven black and white dresses hang frozen in time.

The pieces are a taste of the Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced exhibition, which is being showcased at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Unlaced dresses

Museum curator Glynis Jones and Collette sourced the collection together, managing to select eighty designs from an archive of thousands. For Brisbane’s preview, the pair chose a theme of black and white. “She sees the world through colour, through texture and beautiful fabrics,” said Glynis.

Glynis Jones

To the side of the glass cabinet was a small children’s table where fans could be seen colouring in beautiful sketches by the designers. The sketches are by Stewart Walton, an English artist who illustrated Collette’s shows in Paris. For the Sydney exhibition, Stewart created an interactive Parisian backdrop, through flying to Paris and illustrating each location Collette showcased.

sketches unlaced indooroopilly

Collette is the only Australian designer to be invited to the Haute Couture week in Paris. Her career began after New York department store, Barney’s decided to take on her lingerie designs. Opening her first store during 1992 in Sydney, her brand has since become a global sensation.

Collette designer book

As a high-profile designer, her work has been worn by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, the Duchess of Cambridge and Rachel McAdams. “The dresses embody whoever wears them,” Glynis said. “She wants women to feel beautiful and comfortable…I think that’s why so many celebrities love them”.

Macaroons Collette

With the introduction of Unlaced, Collette is no longer just a designer – she’s a legend, forever frozen in time just like those seven dresses.

The pop-up shop will be available for viewing at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre until April 10 – more details here

Images: Rachael Blackman and Michael Greves