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Tettmann.Doust Debut at LMFF

Firmly on my radar is new Melbourne fashion label Tettmann.Doust. Debuting in their first solo showcase last night, designers Naomi Tettmann and Elke Doust collaborated with projection artist Yandell Walton to create an immersive runway show. Walton’s digital woodland wilderness grew out from the walls at 1000 Pound Bend to merge into a study of abstract anatomy; a fitting stage for Tettmann Doust’s ‘Aves Insecta’ collection.

‘Aves Insecta’ encapsulates a certain kind of black, drape-y silhouette I spy quite regularly in the underground Melbourne scene. But it’s tricky to make such an aesthetic seem as fresh and, quite frankly, as sexy as Tettmann.Doust have accomplished. The lightness of many of the fabrics utilised and the label’s ever-thoughtful draping – causing hemlines to flutter like opaque wings or pieces to mimic segments of insect bodies – has much to do with this. As does the designers’ clever use of restraint, where more draping/tucking/layers would have been too effusive, balanced with unexpected embellishment when necessary to elevate a design to a more intriguing level.

Their muses for this collection are birds (Aves) and insects (you guessed it, Insecta); specifically the Christmas Beetle and the Rainbow Bee-eater. In partnership with the black, vivid digital prints derived from these organisms hint at the complexity of biological life. This appeals greatly to the hidden science geek in me.

What do you think of the collection?

Tettmann.Doust LMFF 2012

Tettmann.Doust LMFF 2012

Tettmann.Doust LMFF 2012

Tettmann.Doust LMFF 2012

Photography – Andrew Gan

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