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One Dress in Australia and Sustainable Oz – Part Four – Melbourne

The last stop on our One Dress Australia Tour brought us to Melbourne, an amazing, massive and eclectic city filled with incredible indie designers (we love A.BCH), fabulous diverse artists, delicious sustainable food and drink, and just wonderful people.

We were hosted by the best indie gallery in the city, 4Dverse, a hub for artists and creatives to gather, showcase and create.

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Vincent, the owner and fellow artist helped us create quite an event to see out our Australia tour.

I was contacted a week or two before by a wonderful artist, Melissa Coffey, who had created a poem about sweatshops (when written down it is in the shape of a dress, another dress of words!) and kindly agreed to perform it at the event.

We drank organic beer from Struman’s which was simply delicious and more words were collected for One Dress.

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There’s still plenty of room for words on the dress. Before we left for Australia we snuck the skirt onto the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square. Choose your words for this historical gown on the One Dress page. More dates for the Work in Progress tour will be announced soon.

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Yours back in Blighty,

Ms Tammam

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One Dress in Australia and Sustainable Oz – Part Three – Sustainable Sexy Sydney

In Sydney we were invited to showcase One Dress at an incredible concept store, Citizen Wolf.

This wonderful company offers bespoke, made in Sydney, customisable T-shirts – made to fit to perfection. Very much aligned with our own principles at Tammam, this was the perfect place to showcase One Dress and allow some of Sydney’s fashionistas to personalise their own small piece of couture.

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I had just enough time to order my own bespoke Citizen Wolf T (an Australian made Breton stripe jersey, long sleeve slash neck, à laCocco herself) which truly does, amazingly fit to perfection (despite very few measurements and my weight and bra size being used to calculate the fit!)

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Yours in modern day bespoke heaven

Ms Tammam

PS today is the Tammam label’s eleventh birthday – Saving the world in style since 2007! We aren’t having birthday celebrations this year but we are very proud of what we have achieved over the last eleven years. Send us a birthday message on twitter or Instagram @HouseOfTammam

 

One Dress in Australia and Sustainable Oz – Part Two – Queensland Continued

Back in Gold Coast a day on Tamborine Mountain was highlighted with buying avocados on the roadside and stopping for home-grown Coffee at Green Lane, who have an organic plantation right behind their bijoux cafe on the way up the mountain. However, the magical moment came when we stopped to see the glow worms, a conservation project aiming to reduce the negative impacts of deforestation on wild glow worm colonies. Entering the climate controlled, man-made cave, the door shuts and you are instantly greeted with thousands of tiny glowing specs. Such an incredible experience! And such inspirational poetry too;

I wish I was a glow-worm,
a glow-worm’s never glum
‘cos how can you be grumpy
when the sun shines out your bum!
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Photograph supplied by Binna Burra

The next stop on our Queensland adventure was Binna Burra Lodge, a heritage eco retreat in the picturesque Lamington National park. Founded in 1933 the lodge retains much of it’s vintage charm, and quite frankly I think holds a little bit of magic too.

 

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Our petite cabin was perfection, it has hosted (we were told by a small plaque on the door) Princess Alice ad Charles Chauvel. It really did have the most spectacular view (though so did pretty much everywhere in the lodge, from the quirky library (with preserved specimens in jars of varying small wildlife), serving high tea cheese and biscuits as the sun sets to the marvellous dining room, where guests are encouraged to eat communally next to a large glass wall showcasing the vista of the valley beyond.

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Photograph supplied by Binna Burra

I have never been so enchanted by a place. One of the staff told me he used to visit as a boy and requested to work here as an adult, I can see why! The nature is incredible, our evening walk along the driveway brought us to dozens of happily grazing pademelons (something like a cross between a hare and a kangaroo) and of course, just look up, the night sky from here is unbelievable, certainly for a Londoner who can hardly see the moon most nights. We ventured on a couple of hikes too, one guided, one alone where we came across a large scaled creature (probably a snake, but we didn’t stop long enough to be sure) which made us turn and retreat with the greatest haste (the pure joy of getting back to the lodge was immense), and despite this Binna Burra is still one of our favourite places in Australia.

In a different state but less than an hour away is Byron Bay and the eastern most point in Australia. Here we marvelled at Dolphins and whales in the sea and lizards on land. We also enjoyed a bit on conscious consumerism at the Mullumbimby markets and Byron boutiques.

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One Dress came out and found a few more words and before we knew it, we were Sydney Bound!

Yours Down Under

Ms Tammam

 

One Dress in Australia and Sustainable Oz – Part One – Eco R&R in Queensland

For the last few weeks the Atelier has been having a rest, the studio locked up and the machines unplugged – we’ve been travelling! After requests and invitations, we decided to start the One Dress Work in Progress tour all the way “Down Under”.

Australia is far, the flights alone created over 6 tonnes of CO2 – that needs around 35 trees to offset (we’ll make sure to ask our tree planters in India to make that happen!)

So when we arrived in Oz, we decided we would be as sustainable as possible. We had One Dress showcases lined up in a few cities and a bit of time to explore (a relatively small part of) the country, and after a frenetic first half of the year we were in need of a little R&R. We landed in The Gold Coast and headed 6 hours north, to a small town called Hervey Bay, and straight onto the Ferry for Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, an immaculate eco retreat in the Coral Sea.

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Photography supplied by Kingfisher Bay Resort

 

We stayed at the Kingfisher Bay Resort – a gorgeous and indulgent lodging on the west coast of the Island, a little taste of luxury, in amongst the wilderness. Immediately we were warned to be confident if we saw wild dingoes(!!!) and had to decide between relaxing in the pool, going to the beach or indulging in the many incredible activities the hotel has to offer.

As newbies in Oz we decided to try out the fascinating Bush Tucker talk – tasting an array of wild seeds and berries. We canoed – our fabulous guide admitted to us that our tour was the shortest she had ever led (our city girl arms did not take us far along the quiet and alluring creek) we enjoyed it none the less, spotting rays in the water and birds in the trees along the immaculate sandy shore.

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Photography supplied by Kingfisher Bay Resort

We chose Kingfisher Bay for its commitment to sustainability and we were not disappointed. The staff are all incredibly knowledgeable, championing the excellent eco credentials of the resort, yet nothing was imposed on the many relaxed and delighted visitors. Kingfisher Bay was certainly the break we needed to revive ourselves, acclimatise to the glorious Australian climate and get ready for the tour ahead.

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We took the sunset ferry back to Hervey bay, and marvelled in the spectacular view – sunsets in Oz are quite remarkable! Then took the (comparatively) short drive up to our amazing eco-residence for the night – the “Tiny House” in Glenwood. We spotted wild Kangaroos on the way, and from the veranda in the morning we saw a little Joey giving his poor mother the jump around. Our host, Leroy, built this little lodging himself, a scaled down version of his own home on the same land – with every eco amenity you could want – harvested rain water, compost toilet and organic snacks. All immaculately clean and luxurious in it’s simplicity. Our only regret was having to leave so early the next morning to get to Mooloolaba.

And what an adventure we had there – we had just enough time to stop at a fabulous eco boutique, Meraki at The Wharf, before jumping on the Sunreef Wild One boat to go “Swimming with Whales”.

Dear reader – we entered this challenge with some trepidation – I, very much a city girl, with my feet firmly on concrete pavement, and not in shark ridden (we all had to wear shark repellent bands!) oceans. I tried, I went in, I swam, I got a cramp, I panicked (bobbing alone in the middle of the ocean –  someone who doesn’t even really like the Hampstead Heath ponds because you can’t see the bottom), a wonderful fellow diver rescued me, and I spent the rest of the adventure on the boat – marvelling at the immense hump-back whales and their incredible curiosity in us, one even stayed a while to perform some tricks. So even though the swimming with whales was not my cup of tea – the other divers were delighted by the experience and we all thoroughly enjoyed the magnificence of these most incredible creatures, free in their natural habitat.

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Photography supplied by Migration Media

Sunreef also offer whale watching tours, but for thrill-seekers go for the swimming with whales (you can be a spectator if one of your party wants to swim). They are certified by Eco-Tourism and throughout the trip I was reassured they really do respect and revere those incredible whales.

One Dress was travelling with us too, collecting words along the way! It’s now at almost 600, about a third of the way there, still plenty to go and we’ve picked up some beautiful and unique words in Australia…

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Yours in Oz!

Ms Tammam

One Dress continues – guest post

Ah, dear readers! Once again it has been an age since I last web logged about our bijoux atelier and all it’s goings on. Just last week we hosted an event which saw queues to the end of the road and in a few days I’m jetting off half way around the world to Australia to showcase One Dress Down Under! Words are still available to buy at tammam.co.uk/onedress. We’ve had lots of attention over the last month or so – let me know if you see or hear the project mentioned anywhere.

For the last few weeks we’ve hosted the delightful Kathryn from Chicago. Here’s a little guest post from her, all about a photo shoot we did for One Dress, inspired by our fore-mothers and the incredible work they did for equality. Millicent Fawcett became the first women to wear One Dress – still a work in progress – a fitting analogy; The woman who was at the forefront of the chain reaction for the fight for women’s rights, wears the dress, still early in it’s creation – awaiting it’s completion.
Yours in admiration of the women who helped us get where we are today, and the women who still fight for us now.
Ms Tammam

This summer I made the spontaneous decision to travel to the U.K to study and intern for nine weeks. With its growing culture and creativity, the opportunity to live in London for the summer was one I knew I couldn’t pass up.

I was intrigued and immediately hooked when I heard about Atelier Tammam, a fashion label that makes all its clothes sustainably. Sustainability has been a core belief of mine ever since I started university. My interest sparked when I joined a sustainable food club my freshman year. Learning how so many factors can be affected by the way food is sourced was mind blowing to me. With the current state our of earth I find it essential to practice ethical living in as many parts of my life as possible. With clothing and fashion being one of my favorite forms of expression, I have grown very interested in ethical and second hand clothing.

Tammam’s core beliefs include sustainability, feminism, art, and story, all areas I have found extreme passion in. After reading more about Tammam, it seemed like the stars had aligned and I had found my perfect fit. 

Tammam’s current One Dress project has really inspired me to practice slow fashion in my everyday life.  Fast fashion is something that I feel often goes overlooked when it comes to living an ethical life. One Dress is the antithesis of fast fashion with its sustainable sourcing practices.

One of my jobs during my time here was to help produce a photoshoot to promote One Dress, inspired by historic photos of women’s suffrage in London. I went on some reconnaissance missions to scope out locations after researching antique photographs. 

We decided on four different locations: The Millicent Fawcet Statue in Parliament Square, Trafalgar Square, The National Portrait Gallery, and Buckingham Palace. 

Here are a few of the photos I took and the inspiration behind them.

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The first location was the Millicent Fawcet statue in Parliament Square. Millicent Fawcet was a trailblazer in women’s suffrage in London so we thought it was only fitting to have her wear the One Dress skirt to celebrate women and their fight for rights.

The next location we went to was Trafalgar Square. During women’s fight for suffrage, many gatherings occurred at Trafalgar square, one of the most famous being when Christabel Pankhurst invited women to rush the House of Commons in 1908. 

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A short walk away we found the National Portrait Gallery where the Christabel Pankhurst painting proudly hangs. The design of One Dress was inspired by this incredible portrait.

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The final location we went to was Buckingham Palace, a very important location during the fight for women’s suffrage. Many suffragettes would hold demonstrations and often get arrested for their actions outside Buckingham Palace. The determination of these women is absolutely inspiriting.

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Yours Truly,

Kathryn

For International Women’s day 2018

We’ve just returned from an incredible trip to Kenya, working with the wonderful women of SOKO to embroider more words on the phenomenal One Dress.

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One Dress in Kenya with Rosie, Clorinne, Lina, Priscilla and Tabitha

This month is International Women’s Day, Fair Trade Fortnight and Mother’s Day (if you’re still looking for that perfect, unique gift; dedicate a word on One Dress).

HeForShe Arts Week is asking for gender equality through the arts, FiLiA launches it’s new project FiLiArt100 asking female artists to submit their work on the theme of suffrage, emancipation and women’s rights and various events celebrating, discussing and empowering women are happening all around us.

 

At Atelier Tammam we have worked with so many incredible women throughout the years – here’s to them and their magnificent craftsmanship skills. Happy International Women’s day to everyone!

Yours in solidarity and sisterhood

Ms Tammam

Flying South for the Winter

With our ten year anniversary now behind us and exciting couture-art projects afoot, the Atelier Tammam Boutique will close it’s doors until the spring on 30th November.

It’s time to fly south to warmer climes for a while, bespoke appointments will be limited until April and the cold winter months will be a time for the Tammam team to focus on creativity and new ventures, the Boutique will host 2 unique pop-ups while we are away. Hire services will still be available.

As a renowned and unique couturier we are often approached to dress celebrities.

Photography (c) Gabriela Dias / Fabiola Prado, Getty Images, Alexandria Hall

We’re always happy to loan our garments for high profile events (or hire samples out for private events) and we love to see them on wonderful successful, talented women, but as a rule we don’t “gift” or give freebies to anyone – very succinctly put by our wonderful Kim…

“We don’t gift, our gowns are worth thousands of pounds and take considerable time and skill to make, we are a small indie label so we just can’t afford to. We chose to invest in our supply chains, producers and quality, instead of marketing through gifting to women who can easily afford to buy our gowns anyway.”

We have, from the start, put people over profits, the Tammam label has always been independent and focussed on ensuring everyone in the process of creating our gowns is treated fairly – therefore we expect to be paid fairly for what we do too. This also means our prices are fair and reflective of the work involved in creation – our marketing budgets aren’t high and our margins are low – so the price our customers pay for a bespoke gown, styling service or ready to wear garment is realistic – you really do get what you pay for, including knowing the people who made it are happy!

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We do appreciate not all of our fans have haute couture budgets which is why we opened the Boutique to platform other amazing sustainable designers and offer eco ready to wear fashion to everyone. For bargain hunters and ethical fashion collectors – this November, to help us clear the showroom and make space for our winter guests, we are having a clear out sale event. All day on November 30th the Boutique will be open and everything must go. We’ll also have a first dibs event on the evening of the 29th – save the date and sign up to the Tammam Mailing list to be sure to be the first to hear when tickets are on sale.

We’re also hosting a life drawing, party outfit and gifts shopping event on Thursday 9th – very few tickets are left (access code TammamGuest), with delicious FAIR cocktails for all.

Yours in Fair Trade

Ms Tammam

 

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

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