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FiLiArt

For the last few years I’ve been part of an incredible women’s rights charity, FiLiA (formerly Feminism in London). I am now their art curator and have been working away at putting on our biggest art show yet, next weekend 14th & 15th October, as part of the annual FiLiA conference.

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My recent explorations into textiles art, including One Dress are largely thanks to my involvement with FiLiArt.

This years show will be massive, with over 130 women artists showcasing work, an exhibition with paintings, photography, textiles mixed media and installations, curated rooms and performances.

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Just a few of the pieces available to view at FiLiArt 2017

 

The main exhibition will be open to the pubic both days of the event, with additional works available to view for conference ticket holders. Buy tickets here.

I hope to see you there!

Yours in sisterhood

Ms T

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Tammam Turns Ten

On 11th September 2007 the Tammam label launched – a catwalk show and crazy party (we were young back then!) with biodynamic champagne and organic chocolate, and a performance from the most brilliant Mr Solo, enthralled our guests.

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The last ten years have been a fabulous rollercoaster ride, trying to convince the fashion industry to be more ethical, sustainable, cruelty free and ecological.

“Saving the world  in style”

was our motto from the start, and that’s what we’ve spent the last decade doing. Just look at where the fashion industry is now, compared to ten years ago. Massive corporations have sustainability strategies, top designers are using eco materials and thousands of people have started asking “who made my clothes?”.

 

Monday 11th we’ll be celebrating at the Tammam atelier and showroom in Bloomsbury.

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Don’t forget  – If there has to be a victim in fashion, let it be you….

 

Yours in a decade of decadence, glamour and conscious creativity

Ms T

How can I resist you?!

Over a couple of months in spring the Atelier Tammam team were working on a very special project for an incredible actress, who agreed to let us share the steps involved in creating her couture gown.
Natalie O’Donnell came in requesting a red carpet worthy outfit after being cast as Donna Sheridan, the main Mamma, in the upcoming Australian revival of the show, Mamma Mia!

 

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 Natalie tried on a range of gowns to determine which shapes, colours and fabrics worked together to create her dream dress.
After taking a few vital statistics Miss T sketched up the ideas for Natalie’s couture gown, a tea-length dark blue peace silk dress combining two signature Tammam styles, the Asp dress and the beautifully detailed fan feature of an archive gown.
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Sketch!

Our pattern cutter used Natalie’s measurements to create her own bespoke perfect block, which her unique design patterns were formed around.
Once the paper pattern was finished and the calico cloth cut, it was passed over to Katherine, one of our talented seamstresses, to make a toile, a mock-up dress, to ensure the best fit before cutting in the final fabric.
Natalie came in for a toile fitting and Miss T skilfully adjusted the pattern to her liking ensuring the most striking feature, the pleating on the bodice, lay beautifully around Natalie’s curves.
The toile was then marked, unpicked and used to cut the final fabric. Once the fabric was cut Katherine worked with traditional hand stitching haute couture techniques to baste the layers of the dress together and stitch the seams, ready for another fitting.
The next fitting concentrated on checking the line and fit of the dress in the final fabrics. Once this was confirmed Katherine stitched the dress together perfectly and pinned the pleats ready for the  penultimate fitting.
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One more fitting was need to ensure the pleats sat smoothly and enhanced the shape of Natalie’s body, at this stage the hem length was also confirmed.
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   Katherine dedicated hours to marking every pleat and detail in colour coded threads to ensure the final stitching held the pleats perfectly aligned.
All the finishing touches took even more hours of detailed hand stitching ready for the final fitting and collection.
Once the gown was complete, Natalie came for a final fitting – giving it a last try to check it fit like a hand made, haute couture, bespoke glove – which it did! Natalie promptly whisked the spectacular dress off to Australia, where she is soon to start rehearsals for the show. The dress will appear on a red carpet soon, we’ll post a picture when it does….
That’s it from me, my adventure at Tammam has ended, what a journey it has been!
Love,
Nyleeta

Tammam is ten, Atelier is five and a Boutique is born

The newly opened Atelier Tammam Boutique, based in our Hastings Street showroom, offers the best of independent and emerging sustainable designer talent.

Screen Shot 2017-04-15 at 09.05.11Within the boutique you can find some of our favourites from the Pop-Up shops we’ve hosted over the last couple of years – Nancy Dee, Cecilia Hammarborg, Deborah Campbell, Outsider, as well as new brands who we bring in and alternate regularly, in store now are the likes of Duskies, Komana, Fashion Compassion and Realm of Treasure.

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The pieces are carefully curated to ensure we are offering our customers an incredible selection of timeless ready to wear outfits suitable for a sustainable wardrobe and every occasion.

As part of our commitment to sustainability, the boutique only stocks garments and accessories that have been made already (we don’t order anything that has to be produced for us). This ensures less unnecessary products are created, AND we often have incredible one off samples and still relevant (we hand pick everything to ensure this) past season pieces (which mean low prices and incredible value) as well as this seasons must haves.

 

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Here at Tammam we also offer beautiful sustainable fabrics, now available to purchase by the metre. We have offered a popular wholesale fabrics and consultancy service for the last few years, working with many independent designers to develop and apply sustainable supply chains to their businesses. Due to popular demand we now have all our stock fabric on display in the showroom, to buy off the roll during Boutique opening hours. From hand loomed peace silk to duchess satin to organic cotton and even recycled polyester, we have the highest quality materials, just waiting for you to unleash your creativity on.

 

While our luxurious fabrics are imported from around the world, all Tammam couture is created in our Bloomsbury studio, here in London.

Atelier Tammam creates bespoke garments tailored to fit each individual body and unique style. Whether you’re meeting the queen or going to a casual dinner, we offer personal and timeless perfect creations that are tailored to fulfill your every need. The couture process is intense, involving many fittings, a paper pattern, calico toile and finished dress – but it’s worth it – ask any one of our customers and they’ll tell you nothing compares to a bespoke dress.

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For those with less time, or lower budgets we have dress making services and offer alterations and repairs – to keep those well loved items going as long as possible.

For vintage repair needs, Splendid Stitches, London’s leading specialist in vintage clothing alterations and repairs works in-house with us – between us there is pretty much nothing we can’t make or fix!

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This week we are hosting a Sustainable Summer Shopping Experience, Friday 14th July from 5pm at the Atelier, join us for organic wine, first choice of new stock from all our designers and extra discounts on the night. To keep up to date with events join our mailing list.

See you there!

Love Nyleeta

An invitation into Atelier Tammam today

 

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Welcome to Atelier Tammam

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The beautiful Atelier Tammam store front today

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The Boutique is open! Visit us in Bloomsbury…

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Visit our in house vintage clothing alterations and repairs specialist – the wonderful Splendid Stitches

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Haute Couture embroidered coat dress from our archive

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This week’s stylishly curated outfit in the boutique window

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Dior is couture, not sure what you want in your sartorial choices, from expert advice to research material, we’ll help you find and create your perfect wardrobe

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Keeping it simple – nude colours

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Summer brights – a colourful combination of designer garments

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Compliment your outfit with Duskies sunglasses

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Our timeless wedding gowns

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Many hands make light work

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Couture hand stitching on a celebrity red carpet gown

From the tranquil boutique to the bustling atelier, a day in the life here at the House of Tammam.

Love,

Nyleeta

Atelier Tammam Saves the (Wedding) Day

Recently a distraught bride came to see us in the Atelier with two wedding gowns, both had been ruined by an amateur seamstress and a dodgy dry cleaner, in a failed attempt to perfect them for her big day. Luckily our team were able to correct the worst of these problems in just a few days, in time for the bride to catch her train to Paris for her beautiful wedding.

The gowns were samples purchased in near perfect condition. The bride was advised to have them dry cleaned, unaware that doing so can sometimes change the quality of the fabric.

During the process of shortening the first gown, from Tea length to knee length, the dress was unevenly cut, leaving ragged edges and a very upset bride.

Our cutter expertly re-cut the hem with the skills comparable to any petit mains of a Parisian haute couture atelier.

Even worse than the uneven edges, the two inner linings were accidentally stitched together, lifting the hem line in places and creating visible bunching.

Our seamstress skillfully unpicked the stitches and reassembled the side seems, allowing the hemline to straighten out and the skirt to lay flat over the hips.

Our seamstresses came to the rescue once again for gown two. The dress was carelessly washed and handled before it came to us resulting in tears on the bodice.

We hand appliquéd spare lace flowers, to reinforce and disguise the holes.

 

The new belt which had been created for the dress puckered and lay unevenly. Our experienced vendeuse instantly recognised the problem and released a few stitches, allowing the belt to lay flat, creating a smoother line.

 

It’s the small details that can really make a dress work, the flowers on the bodice had been attached sporadically and unevenly, making the dress look messy and inexpensive. A few slight adjustments and a keen eye perfected the bodice and made our bride very happy.

While Atelier Tammam is renowned for it’s bespoke creations, we are always happy to come to the rescue and offer repairs and alterations of the highest standard. The Atelier also has an in-house vintage specialist – Splendid Stitches. Let no gown go un-loved or unworn again!

Love,

Nyleeta

 

Team Tammam Spring 2017

Well it’s been a while since my last Web Log. It has been an exhilarating time at the Atelier and the One Dress project has been all consuming, with a fabulous trip to India, two successful Crowdfunder campaigns and work in progress showcases here and abroad, since my last post.

I’m very excited to introduce the wonderful Nyleeta, who will be taking over the Web Log while she is on placement with us over the summer months.

Yours in Sustainability

Ms Tammam

 

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The latest batch of Tammam interns met for the first time at an iconic London retail location to get to know each other and gain some insight into the world of high end fashion before the hard work of the next few weeks begins.

Every season the atelier offers placements to both technical studio and administrative students, to offer them invaluable work experience within the fashion industry.

 

Meet the team.

Appa, the ambitious Norwegian studying pattern design in Denmark.

She has great attention for detail and loves an organised work space, she is used to using advanced technology to design and create patterns but here at atelier Tammam she is gaining knowledge of how to create traditional manual patterns for haute couture.

Here she is analysing the structure of a ball gown.

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I am Nyleeta, described by my colleagues as “the diligent Brit” studying Fashion Management and marketing in London. I have been tasked over the next few months to write this blog for Tammam, as well as work on some of our upcoming events.

On our expedition, I fell in love with this beautiful gown and wanted to purchase it but the price tag said no.

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Katherine, the adventurous country girl from Oregon, soon to be studying at the Fashion institute of technology in New York, is a meticulous seamstress eager to learn the tricks of the trade from Ms Tammam.

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Tina, the unassuming Italian/ Lebanese fashionista, is studying fashion management and marketing in London.

She has an abstract way of viewing the world and aims to bring innovative ways to market the boutique during her placement.

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We gave ourselves the nickname, The Tammam Secret Agents because we spent the whole day looking at other designers gowns inside and out, as well as how they display them, and got many ideas to implement during our placements.

We all seemed to agree that the quality of the designer clothing we saw was not fair value for money and in comparison to the quality of the handmade gowns offered by atelier Tammam, there was no match.

I’m really excited for what the next few weeks have in store and I look forward to writing the next post.

love,

Nyleeta

 

One Dress

Where did the summer go?  The Atelier has been in a flurry of excitement for the past few weeks, working on a new project that will be launched at the FiLiArt show (which I’ve been joyfully co-curating) in December, .

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One Dress is a textiles art piece, symbolic of women’s voices – A single dress to be embroidered fully both in the UK and at fair trade units in India and Africa with words of equality and solidarity, chosen by people from around the world.

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The initial project is now 50% funded thanks to Arts Council UK. Be one of the very first to choose a word or sentence for the dress and support some positivity!

Read more in my latest weblog for Huffington Post.

But that’s not all! In order to counter Black Friday madness we’re holding a little, calm and conscious, soirée to open our festive pop-up shop of indie brands and eco designers. Get tickets here (includes mulled wine). The pop-up will be open until the 12th December, and new stock will be added throughout the sale. We’re promising perfect presents and glamorous party gowns from the best sustainable designers around.xmas.png

 

Yours in One Dress

Ms Tammam

 

Best of British – Indies in LA

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We’re back from our fabulous jaunt to LA and thrown straight into Fashion Revolution Week. Join us and the wonderful British indie designers from Moda360 at our Conscious Pop Up Shop at Atelier Tammam all week, as we ask “Who Made My Clothes?”

Yours in the Revolution!

Ms Tammam

Fashion, Art, DC, LA, Vegans and more Art

As Fair Fashion Month came to an end, life at the Atelier got quite busy. For my last day of Fair Fashion Month I visited Winchester School of Art to discuss sustainable fashion with the Ethical Hedonist in front of their fashion students, then dashed over to St Pancras Renaissance to run the second Life Drawing and Fashion Illustration Masterclass.

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Day thirty I wore my trusty Beyond Skin brogues, a vintage dress coat over my black organic cotton skirt. The Houndstooth Coat from the Atelier’s couture collection with a Bourgeois Boheme belt and Tammam peace silk scarf. Holding my Matt & Nat hand bag wth a Fab India clutch tucked inside. Of course, the final picture was taken with the ultimate eco accessory – the Fairphone 2.

I absolutely loved showing off my ethical wardrobe. I adore creating different looks from the same staple pieces (using accessories to update a simple dress is very Coco Chanel), and I do appreciate I have an advantage – having the whole Atelier Tammam hire collection at my disposal! All these Tammam pieces are available to hire, we’ll have the full wardrobe available to view on line soon, in the meantime send Kim an email (info@tammam.co.uk) if you want to borrow anything.

With the end of Fair Fashion Month came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 – our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London’s King of conceptual art Duggie Fields. Many thanks to both of them.

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The winning entry came from eco artist Celia Gregory, of the Marine Foundation – she creates underwater art installations that turn into sustainable habitats for marine life and eco tourist attractions for coastal communities. This image will be showcased in Washington DC and Los Angeles next month.

Apart from being a beautiful image with a wonderful sustainable story, we also loved that the theme goes so well with the collaboration Dana and I are working on – our art / fashion collection inspired by bycatch and the fishing industry. Entitled Bycatch By Hand we’ll be showing at the P street Gallerie in Washington DC on 1st and 2nd April and at Moda360 in Los Angeles on 4th and 5th April.

A Sustainable World Art competition is over for another year, many thanks for all the applications, huge congratulations to our shortlisted entrants, especially Ronan McGeough and Philp McCulloch-Downs our 2nd and 3rd place finalists.

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Also a tremendous thank you to Clearspring who generously contributed to the prizes for the winners.

For the twitteratipinterested and Instagrammers keep up to date with all our shenanigans @HouseOfTammam.

Yours in (sustainable) art,

Ms Tammam