Monique Collignon (1962) is a household name in haute couture and has enjoyed a long career as a fashion designer. Alongside her haute couture line, she also... Read more
Monique Collignon (1962) is a household name in haute couture and has enjoyed a long career as a fashion designer. Alongside her haute couture line, she also has a prêt-a-porter collection, MC Couture Light.
Collignon's work radiates self-awareness, and is simultaneously feminine and brash. With refined taste and a dose of creativity, she's dressed famous Dutch names and international stars for the red carpet. A few pieces from her collection have been included in the art collections of the Amsterdam Historical Museum as well as the Gemeente Museum Den Haag, where they are regarded as historic Dutch design.
Collignon graduated from the Rotterdam Academy (since 1998 Willem de Kooning Academy) in 1983. Just seven years later, she designed her first haute couture collection. In the early years, she worked chiefly as a designer for other employers, but in 1990 she opened her first store in Leiden. A boutique in Amsterdam's van Baerlestraat followed six years later. In 2008, she released a prêt-a-porter collection to accompany her haute couture line, the now-well-known MC Couture Light collection.
In 2010, Collignon received the Dutch Designer of the Year Award. She also won the 2012 Best Foreign Designer Award at a fashion event in Germany.
In 2013, circumstances forced Collignon's business into bankruptcy. But two years later, she restarted with the release of a new haute couture collection at the July 2015 edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Collignon opened fashion week 2016 with a collection entitled 'The conscious collection'. Its production was socially responsible, from the fabrics and recycling to the working conditions. All the fabrics are environmentally friendly, made from recycled PET bottles (sourced from Waste2Wear). Each piece contains a label indicating the number of bottles it took to produce. She's the first designer in the world to incorporate such recycled fabrics into a haute couture collection.
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