Fashion designer Tess Mann of Couture By Tess debuts new collections

  • Tess Mann of Couture By Tess had a fashion show at L&L Market’s Ozari on July 17, 2022.
  • The collections show were the Nostalgia collection and New Discovery.
  • The line partners with New Delhi-based Tarak Nath Mishra’s factory.
Esmeralda gown from the Nostalgia collection.

Local bridal gown line Couture By Tess hosted a fashion show on July 17 at L&L Market’s event space Ozari in Nashville.

Tess Mann, the designer behind the label, presented two collections – one called Nostalgia: Travel Through Fashion Time and the other New Discovery – during the invite-only event. Models from Nashville-based Premiere Model Management strutted the upscale gowns on the runway.

Mann discussed the design process and customizable options during an Q&A session with the audience.

Wedding dress with sheer sleeves and intricate details.

The exhibition was approximately two years in the making, Mann said. The wedding dresses alone took an estimated 18 months to complete.

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“When the dresses were almost near completion, we started planning the fashion show,” Mann said. “That was September of last year, so about a good 10 months out.”

New Discovery includes haute couture dresses Mann designed previously but decided to display publicly for the first time. Nostalgia takes inspiration from different style eras ranging from the 1400s to the 1970s, and adds a contemporary touch.

Classic wedding dress from the house of Couture by Tess.

“Personally, I am in love with fashion from previous decades and eras,” Mann stated. “A lot of the inspiration that I get truly is from the late Middle Ages through the Roaring ’20s.”

Nostalgia is the more affordable of the two, according to Mann.

“The New Discovery collection originally started off with dresses that I was originally designed and was working on but that I wasn’t quite happy with,” she said. “I didn’t have the right factory I was working with. I didn’t like the materials.”