On a bitterly cold night in May 2017, photographer Paul Philipson and I drove a few hours out of Melbourne, jumped a fence, and took these photos of the artisanal gowns I have designed with Tessa Blazey. Hair and make up by Nadja Mott. Model Holly Moore.
In April 2017 No Substance Magazine published these images featuring all ALEXI FREEMAN garments with a Neo Lace Veil collab with Tessa Blazey. Shot by Paul Philipson at Mt Martha, Victoria. Styling: Virginia Dowzer. Hair and Make up: Nadja Mott. Models: Ruby Soho, Sophie Gary & Madison Vulic.
Stylist to the stars Bianca Christoff did us the huge honour of styling our Gown of Shadows onto the front page of The Age M Magazine. This piece is a collab with Tessa Blazey. Photography by Simon Schluter. Model: Shoona Stanes, Hair & Make-up: Gaye Gallacher.
In September 2011 CLEO thought we were channeling Lady Gaga with our ALEXI FREEMAN AW11 Thigh High Sequin Leggings.
THE DESIGN FILES, JAN 2011, ALEXI FREEMAN + TESSA BLAZEY, NEO LACE GOWN
here’s what Lucy at the Design Files had to say about this project;
The Neo Lace Gown by Tessa Blazey and Alexi Freeman, for the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award Exhibition later this year.
Every once in a while I receive a submission which really just jumps off the screen and kind of slaps me in the face. A submission which says something like ‘yeah I know you’ve deleted 45 other submissions today but try ignoring THIS ONE!’ This incredible collaboration between Melbourne jewellery designer Tessa Blazey and fashion designer Alexi Freeman made for one such attention-commanding email when it popped up in my inbox last Friday!
The Neo Lace Gown was created for the Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award Exhibition which opens in Sydney in July this year. Not surprisingly, the gown has been shortlisted, and so will be exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum in July / August if you happen to be in Sydney! The gown took Tessa and Alexi hundreds of painstaking hours to make by hand – it’s made entirely of metal components, including thousands of jump rings and hundreds of metres of chain in silver plated nickel, steel and sterling silver.
Seriously, have you ever seen such a truly exquisite wearable thing!?
Tessa Blazey, who submitted this beautiful project (to the Design Files), is an award-winning local jeweller based at the Pieces of Eight studio in Fitzroy North – her work can be viewed at the gorgeous new Pieces of Eight retail space and gallery in the CBD, and in many other local stockists listed on her website. In addition to designing and making jewellery, Tessa is also a trained interior designer and lectures in interior design at RMIT. She’s also a busy Mum! WOW impressive!
Tessa says – ‘I met Alexi at a Blade Runner party I had at my house a few years ago. A while later he opened his pop up shop in the GPO and asked if I would be interested in stocking my Fiction range of jewellery in his shop. It turned out we had very similar aesthetic interests – we have now started a little brand for our collaborative projects called ALEXI + TESSA’
Tessa has a blog and a website and an etsy shop! Alexi also has blog a website well worth checking out!
Photos by Marija Ivkovic.