Collette Dinnigan showcases Australian Merino at Paris Fashion Week

16 March 2012

Iconic Australian designer Collette Dinnigan has taken Merino wool to the height of fashion by unveiling her Autumn Winter 2013 collection in Paris, the only Australian label to show on the prestigious official Paris Fashion Week schedule recently.

Colette Dinnigan

Dinnigan’s signature feminine silhouettes were brought to life as Merino wool was sculpted into body-conscious cocktail dresses detailed with lace and occasionally wrapped in stoles of looped wool and feathers, an idiosyncratic combination of glamour and practicality.

"I love wool," explained Dinnigan. "It was during one of the Woolmark events that we began discussing the idea of a partnership as I have a strong affiliation with wool, I use it throughout my collection from underwear, to tailoring and coats. In my new collection, I've sculpted dresses from wool jersey, mixed wool and lace together, combined wool and cashmere for a coat with strips of sequins as an accent. There's also a relaxed tuxedo pant, which is a more traditional usage."

The runway show in Paris marks the beginning of this exciting new partnership, with Dinnigan set to work with The Woolmark Company to continue highlighting wool within her collections.

"Collette Dinnigan is without doubt Australia’s most important and successful designer of our time," explained Rob Langtry, Global Marketing Officer of The Woolmark Company. "We are very pleased to count her as a partner of The Woolmark Company and look forward to working with her to assist in sourcing and developing new Merino wool fabrics for her collections to showcase to the world."

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Marius Cuming
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Kate Muir
Australian Wool Innovation/The Woolmark Company
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