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Collette Dinnigan
, 2005

by Ingvar Kenne

type C photograph (frame: 103.0 cm x 103.0 cm, sheet: 100.0 cm x 100.0 cm)

Collette Dinnigan AO (b. 1965), designer and company director, was born in South Africa and settled in Australia in 1985 after a period in New Zealand, where she studied fashion design at the Wellington Polytechnic. After working in the costume department of ABC TV she launched her own label in 1990, concentrating on lingerie. She soon moved into ready–to–wear, becoming the first Australian fashion designer to mount a full–scale parade in Paris in 1995. Her delicate, luxurious collections were stocked by more than eighty stores world–wide and hers is the only Australian fashion house to be recognised by the Chambre du Syndicale des Prêt-à-Porter Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. In 2001 she launched a range of luxury low-cost lingerie for English chain store Marks and Spencer; in 2008 she did the same for Target stores in Australia. In 2006 she became the first Australian to feature in television and print advertising campaigns for American Express. She launched a diffusion line, Collette by Collette Dinnigan, to mark her twentieth year in 2010. Having spent 24 years in fashion, the mother-of-two announced the closure of her business in late 2013, but continues to work across the field of design.

Ingvar Kenne (b.1965) completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Photography in Gothenburg, Sweden before moving to Sydney in 1991. Over the past ten years he has worked in editorial and advertising photography in Australasia and Europe. His photographs have appeared in publications including POL Oxygen, Australian Style, Financial Review Magazine and Oyster Magazine in Australia and Blender Magazine (New York), the Guardian (UK), and BMW Magazine internationally. Kenne maintains his own photographic practice alongside his contractual assignments. He has been included in a number of group exhibitions, held more than a dozen solo shows and published two books on his photographic projects.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2006
Accession number: 2006.44