Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann met on the MA Fashion course at Central St Martins in London 2007, whilst both specialising in knitwear. Upon graduation they joined forces to create Cooperative Designs, a platform for like?minded creative people.
The design aesthetic of the label is graphic, quirky and modern knitwear, referencing Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism. Traditional methods and techniques are juxtaposed with new materials and technologies. Each season the pair commission specialist designer/makers to create exclusive ranges to complement the main collection.
Dunn and Hagemann also consult for established labels, including Hussein Chalayan, AW08 & AW09, and SOAR, SS09 and Henri Bendel SS09. The pair were commissioned by Stefanel to create a collection to celebrate the Italian knitwear companies 50th birthday which was presented in Milan Fashion Week September 2009.
Cooperative Designs have been awarded New Generation sponsorship by the British Fashion Council and have presented collections as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout for 3 seasons. This season sees the Cooperative Designs presentation on the official London Schedule for the first time independently.
Previous exhibitions include Stefanel 50, Milan, Eureka Night at the Design Museum, London and the Inaugural Woolmark Award 2008 at The Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
The pair were featured as the New Talents in Knitwear in Italian Vogue May 2009.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo