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Beautiful, British & Fairtrade – A Flight of Fantasy Wedding Gown By Lucy Tammam

December 18, 2011 in Archive

Francois Sagan once famously suggested that ‘A dress only works if a man wants to take it off ’. Lucy Tammam, a graduate in Fashion and Textiles from St Martin School of Art and Design, makes heart-stoppingly lovely tailored daywear, evening gowns and Beatonesque, elegant bridal gowns in the fairest Fairtrade silk, satin and lace that certainly might provoke such heady sentiment.

Rachel McDowall wears Tamman antique gold cami dressRachel McDowall wears Tamman Antique Gold Cami Dress.
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Lucy’s artisan couture house is symbolised by the strutting splendour and magnificence of a peacock, and her favourite fashion era runs from the roaring exuberance and abandon of the twenties, through to the screen siren, ladylike allure of the 1940s. Lucy is a gifted tailor, and her peerless form-fitting gowns and svelte coatdresses appeal to discerning A listers including Olivia Williams and Alicia Silverstone.  One of the star pieces in the current collection is a playful, extrovert pale gold cami gown in wild peace silk, evoking all the confidence and playfulness of the Flapper – with its luxuriant, undulating, folded hemline, which appears to float and ripple with each silken movement. The dress features a gossamer lace panel across the bust, which takes artisans two days to hand-embellish, and the exquisite draped detailing at the back resembles the delicate tail feathers of a bird of paradise. This extrovert, lovely gown has a chameleon personality, and would work wonderfully as an original bridal gown for a more informal, high summer or beach wedding. After your perfect day, you will long to wear it again and again, as a treasured, heirloom evening dress on high summer nights, for dinners a deux and anniversaries.

Lucy Tamman - Pale Antique Gold Wild Silk Cami Dress

The Cami dress conjures up a time when hemlines suddenly went naughtily sky high and women had more independence and freedom that they knew what to do with. They were heady, extraordinary times indeed, and Lucy Tammam re-interprets this exciting moment in fashion, updates it for the woman who yearns to be a modern Josephine Baker – and for the thinking woman with a conscience ensures that the process from field to hanger is squeaky clean too. Peace silk has an extraordinary lustre, colour and softness, which is hard to replicate with mass produced silk. This precious fibre is hand loomed, and humanely produced from empty silk cocoons collected from forest of Eastern India, when the Eri moth has flown. With conventional silk, the cocoon is boiled with the chrysalis still inside. Lucy also ensures that the spinners, weavers, tailors and embroiders she works with in Bombay and Bangalore are audited and paid fair wages.  So, you could say that this is the future of luxury – a dress that is truly, madly, deeply beautiful, inside and out.

Lucy Tamman - Pale Antique Gold Wild Silk Cami Dress

Tammam Couture Ethical Credentials

Small British Couture House – Lucy champions artisan skills and techniques

Fairtrade production from field to hanger – all producers are audited and paid Fairtrade wages

Tammam only uses sustainable and Fairtrade fibres including:  peace silk, lace, organic cotton, and bamboo

Lucy Tamman - Pale Antique Gold Wild Silk Cami Dress

Halter neck, Antique Gold Cami Dress in hand-loomed, wild peace silk with hand embellished lace bodice, available exclusively through the Ethical Hedonist Magazine.

Special Price £585.00 inclusive of recorded delivery. Sizes available now and delivered before Christmas Size 8, 10 (While stocks last) Further sizes 8,10, 12 & 14, to order. Please allow six weeks for delivery.

The dress is also available in the colour shell pink, to order.



Terms & Conditions

About Tammam
Lucy Tammam is an exciting, perfectly formed London couture house specialising in exquisite, handmade, Fairtrade bridal gowns, evening wear and tailored day pieces. We’re not a big factory, but a small studio-based company creating unique pieces for appreciative, discerning customers.

Orders placed online are shipped in 3-5 days using Royal Mail Special Delivery within the UK and airmail to the rest of the world. All deliveries must be signed for as proof of delivery. Buyers overseas are responsible for any import duties, customs fees or taxes.
Made to order garments take up to 6 weeks. If you let us know if you need something urgently or to reach you on a specific day or date and we’ll let you know whether we can fit it into the studio schedule.

You can pay online with a credit or debit card using our secure payment system, or email the magazine if you would like to send a cheque. All cheques will be cleared before despatching goods.

Returns, refunds and exchanges
Please contact us if you have questions about sizes or colours. Because the internet isn’t always a reliable guide to colour we’re more than happy to send out colour swatches.
Garments bought online or by mail order can be returned within 14 days for exchange or refund. They must be unworn or washed and in pristine condition. 
Special orders and garments made to your specification are not returnable unless faulty.


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Alison Jane Reid

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