Wickstead isn’t the only New Zealand fashion designer catching the eye of the media. World, established in 1989 by Denise L’Estrange Corbet (a graduate of the London College of Fashion) and Francis Hopper, was the first brand to be showcased at the Auckland Museum for a retrospective. Denise L’Estrange Corbet was also the first female New Zealand fashion designer to be awarded an MNZM by Queen Elizabeth II. World has also showcased their collection at London Fashion Week and were even picked up by Selfridges and Liberty’s of London.
NOM*D, the brainchild of designer Margarita Robertson, has been featured in the designers’ room at the Liberty’s of London, and her clothes and collections are sold at select high-couture London-based boutique stores. Another high-end fashion designer from Down Under is Karen Walker, whose attires have been worn by the likes of Madonna, Tyra Banks and Liv Tyler, amongst others. Her collections are available in the main fashion capitals, including London.