When we first came across Tutu Du Monde, we were instantly transported back to our childhoods. Afternoons filled with tulle, sequins, and beads stolen from our mothers jewellery box, dancing around the house to the sweet melody of swan lake. Tutu Du Monde creates a glittering doorway into the world of make believe...
When Andrea Rembeck, the great mind behind Tutu Du Monde, was asked by her daughter for her very own Tutu, she was disappointed by all the mass produced polyester pieces that were on offer. Inspired, she decided to create her own brand of tutus that were both wearable and practical, while at the same time beautifully unique and timeless.
Inspired by French ballet costumes, Tutu Du Monde offers delicately hand-made Tutus with detailed beading and exquisite fabrics. Reminiscent of vintage couture garments, care is put into every stitch, giving each Tutu its own touch of magic.
All of Tutu Du Mondes garments are lovingly produced in a small workshop in India. "The journey each of our beautiful items takes perfectly illustrates the love that is poured into them, from the design stage in Australia, to their production in India. These are dresses conceived and created with love, designed to be loved for decades to come".
We asked Andrea what inspires her when creating her gorgeous Tutus...
What do you love most about designing tutus?
My favourite part is scouring vintage stores and markets all over the world to find those beautiful timeless pieces with exquisite craftsmanship, which provide inspiration for my tutus, be it colour or embellishment.
Once the collection is designed and sketched up I hop on a plane to India and spend a week or two in the workshop sitting with the beaders to transform my ideas and sketches into reality. It’s very exiting to get completely immersed into the creative process of materializing the new designs whilst soaking up the beautiful atmosphere of India, the ever smiling wonderful people and the constant amazing discoveries at various markets and stores.
What inspires you?
Anything can inspire a collection, sometimes it’s just a few vintage pieces from a certain era that set the tone, other times it may be a movie or book that inspires me to design a collection in a certain way. I am slightly obsessed with Haute Couture - it’s the sublime beauty and unattainability.
Where is your favourite place to go in Sydney?
The beach/water. I love a swim at the end of a work day, it always makes me feel like it’s washing all the stress of the day away.
When you were a child what was the best thing in your dress up chest?
I used to play dress-ups at my grandmother’s house (in Germany where I grew up) and there were trunks with white cotton dresses with gorgeous lace trims dating back as far as the 10’s and 20’s. I was gutted when I found out that everything was thrown out when my grandmother died.
If Tutu Du Monde were to hold wonderland a tea party, what flavoured cakes would be on offer?
Tutu du Monde actually held a birthday party for my daughter’s 8th birthday, a ‘Alyna in Wonderland’ party with Raspberry, Vanilla, Rosewater cake. It was delicious!
And if Tutu Du Monde were to design a Hat to wear to the tea party what would it look like?
Campaign images shot by Sandra Bianco Photography.