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  • “Dinnigan: Unlaced” exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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  • “Dinnigan: Unlaced” exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

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“Dinnigan: Unlaced” exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

A new exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences’ newly inaugurated Centre for Fashion at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, casts light on one of Australia’s most acclaimed fashion designers: Collette Dinnigan. Titled “Dinnigan: Unlaced”, the exhibition spans over 7,000 square feet and traces the designer’s 25-year career. It features more than 100 items, including Dinnigan’s famous lingerie, ready-to-wear, resort and bridalwear, as well as accessories and never-before-seen objects, photos and sketches from her personal archive. The designs are arranged in thematic sets that evoke different moods and emotions, curated by award-winning stage designer and artist Anna Tregloan, in collaboration with Glynis Jones, the Powerhouse Museum’s curator of fashion and dress, and Dinnigan herself.

Dinnigan rose to fame back in 1990, with an original, dry clean only lingerie collection that incorporated antique French lace. Her ultra feminine, embellished evening wear designs soon made her worldwide famous, stealing the heart of celebrities like Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Dita Von Teese and Taylor Swift. In 1995 she became the first ever Australian designer to show her collection during Paris Fashion Week, something that she kept doing on schedule every six months until 2013, when she closed her ready to wear line in order to focus on her family.

The exhibition is the first ever to be staged at Powerhouse Museum’s new Centre for Fashion that is the home to an impressive collection of nearly 30,000 garments. “The Centre for Fashion puts creativity and design under the spotlight. It is fitting that the first exhibition under the Centre for Fashion features one of Australia’s most celebrated fashion designers. Collette Dinnigan is a creative tour de force and an inspiration for future generations,” said Rose Hiscock, Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

Dinnigan’s sense of adventure, determination and passion have led her to become Australia’s most recognized international fashion star. She is a dynamic, inspiring woman and her influence on Australian fashion is remarkable,” added Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia. “Dinnigan: Unlaced” will remain on view until September 5, 2015, at the Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Sydney.