Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet
Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is co-founder of WORLD, one of New Zealand’s best known fashion brands which has shown on the catwalks of London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.
Outspoken, and often sought for her opinion from fashion to politics and everything in between, Dame Denise was awarded the Westpac 2017 Women of Influence Award for arts and culture in September.
She was the first female fashion designer to receive a New Zealand Order of Merit (formerly an MBE) in 2002 and is also a published author. Dame Denise is an Ambassador for Diabetes Auckland and also supports a number of other charities, including IHC, the Mental Health Foundation, The Starship Foundation and The Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foundation.
Dame Denise’s Grocery Ball prize – high tea for 10 at the Langham Hotel – raised more than $11,000 for Diabetes NZ, and her speech at the event earlier this year brought many in the audience to tears.