Back in the early naughties, a fascination with scientific discovery and a shared love of diagrams led young Australian fashion designers Naomi Tettmann and Elke Doust into the lawless laboratory of creative collaboration. By day the pair honed their technical skills working for Melbourne-based couture label Gwendolynne. By night they toiled to refine their creative vision. Several years later, from a rattle bag of inspirations and experimentation, a remarkable new treasure of cultural alchemy has emerged: TETTMANN.DOUST.
In March 2012, TETTMANN.DOUST launched their debut collection 'Aves Insecta' to critical acclaim as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Cultural Program. The label has since featured in the pages of Faint, Grazia and Fashion Trend, and shown on the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week & L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival runways. Accolades include, Stonnington Emerging Designer Award 2012 and both the Melbourne and Sydney Design Awards ‘Fashion Label’ prize, selection for the ‘Parallel Tensions’ Exhibition during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012, and The Spirit of the Black Dress 2013.
In creating their collections, TETTMANN.DOUST draw upon artistic practices new and old. With an emphasis on luxurious natural fabrics (leather, silk and wool), hand-worked beading and exceptional tailoring, their garments are as much a sensation to wear as to behold. On any given day you might find them poring over anatomical studies of birds and insects, indulging their interest in dead languages, examining microcosms, or mapping fractals, all with the intention of translating their lessons into sophisticated, exquisite and wearable art.
Exploring annual themes and pattern blocks, Doust’s kaleidoscopic prints and intricate embellishments combined with Tettmann’s artistic sensibility and masterful skill for pattern-making inform a growing compendium of moments where art and science intersect.