Trelise Cooper – New Zealand Fashion Royalty

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How many fashion designers can you name that have legitimately become a Dame? I’m thinking, not many. But there is one designer who has featured on ‘Sex and The City’ and in Vogue, Marie Claire, Instyle and even the prestigious Women’s Wear Daily, to name a few. She is Trelise Cooper – New Zealand Fashion Royalty.


Dame Trelise Cooper was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004 and, in 2014, a Dame Companion in the same Order. Since opening her first boutique in 1985, Trelise Cooper has developed a famous following including Liv Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Julia Roberts, The Pussycat Dolls, Miley Cyrus and even Suri Cruise (with Trelise Cooper Kids).


For us mere mortals, there are three clothing ranges including Trelise Cooper, Cooper by Trelise and Trelise Cooper Kids. Textiles also play a role in the design dominion of this super talented Kiwi with a fabric range launched in a association with Charles Parsons, a textiles house. There’s even a signature fragrance; Trelise.

Not simply  involved with fashion, Trelise Cooper supports Habitat for Humanity and is Patron of the NZ Breast Cancer Research Trust. An environmental supporter, Cooper has produced eco bags for a supermarket chain, Progressive Enterprises.

As Editor’s Choice, it’s a pleasure to showcase just some of the unique and colourful designs you’ll find for the coming seasons. I have hand-picked my favourites, from a large selection I might add.

The clothes I have chosen are highly wearable, unique, sometimes edgy and often glamorous. There’s lots of mix ’n match options plus opportunities for a bit of personality change between rock chic glam and corporate cool.


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So what did you think? Are there fashions here you’d love? Which ones? Do you interpret the look and feel of Trelise Cooper designs and personals them? If so, we’d love to see your interpretations on our Street Style section or post to our Instagram account.