Photograph by Camille Nuttall
Imagine a world with dainty ballerinas, helpful fairies and benevolent princesses. Sparkle dreams and magic worlds of make-believe. Fairy dust, secret games…welcome to Tutu du Monde.
When asked by her young daughter Alyna for her own tutu, German-born Andrea Rembeck, a leading member of the Australian fashion industry, could only find hot pink, mass-produced polyester pieces. So Tutu Du Monde was born on her quest to create the perfect tutu.
Her tutus are inspired by vintage versions and have a charming, old-world feel. They come in pretty, dusty pastels with details of sequins, beads and feathers applied by hand on cotton and tulle.
She says “I wanted to create a line of tutus that were not only timeless and exquisitely made but were also ecologically sustainable and created with love. For me, a greener and more sustainable future is an imperative – rather than a political – position.” The result of this dream is a range of tutus that are wearable and practical, yet whimsical and illusory.
Tutu dresses & skirts that call to mind a kinder world, a gentle place where children can play, dress-up and dream. Tutu du Monde has a hand-made, hand-dyed, one-off feel without the frail nature of a vintage garment. With dusty pastels, details of sequins, beads & feathers, applied by hand to the softest cottons, silks and tulle.
These tutus are produced in small runs in line with their organic look. “They are made to last,” Rembeck proudly adds “, in fact, they get better with wear. Slight fading and fraying edges adds to their charm over time.”
Before venturing into tutus and princess dresses seasoned Rembeck has enjoyed a distinguished career in the fashion industry designing for Escada as well as leading Australian labels such as Collette Dinnigan and Fleur Wood and launching her own labels Andrea Rembeck and diffusion line She’s Beck.
Rembeck is always on the lookout for inspiration for her tutus and she can often be found scouring vintage stores and markets for exquisitely crafted pieces, which she channels for color or embellishments. In keeping with her concept of creating a kinder range, a small workshop in India employing underprivileged local women produces the garments and the process couldn’t be further from mass-production. Rembeck’s long-term goal is to establish a program in India where a percentage of proceeds from tutu sales enable the workers’ children to receive an education and she is also working towards using exclusively organic materials as the brand develops.