O.T.T by Lia .T is an art/event/design house that designer and artist Lia Tabrah founded in Melbourne in 2008. O.T.T (Over the Top) is the acronym to accurately describe Lia’s unique designs that feature her signature bold patterns, kitsch motifs, striking textures and eye-catching colours. Motivated by the glamorous excess of the 1980s, Lia finds her muses in traditional Australian emblems such as crocodiles, kangaroos, boomerangs and cane toads. She reinterprets these iconic Australian shapes and gives them a unique twist, transforming these unassuming grotesques into high-concept fashion pieces. You can see these inspirations in her 24 carat gold-plated crocodile feet necklaces and earrings.
Lia’s background in visual art and gold and silversmithing inform flamboyantly crafted, outrageous pieces that are designed for those who are drawn to conceptual fashion that embodies the art of humour, storytelling and a unique, eye-catching boldness.
O.T.T by Lia T’s designs have been featured in both Australian and International Fashion press including:
- The Age – Melbourne, Victoria
- Herald Sun – Melbourne, Victoria
- The Sydney Herald - Sydney, New South Wales
- Fallen Magazine - National
- Fashion Journal - National
- British Vogue - UK
- Z!NK Mag - USA
- REVS magazine - Finland
- 1883 - UK
- Plaza Kvinna - Sweden (cover)
- VICE - USA
- Desktop Magazine - Australia
In addition to this, Lia has been featured on ABC Radio, Australia and ABC TV - The MIX and Art Nation and Sekai Fureai Machi Aruki television show, NHK, Japan.
Art and brand development
Lia’s design career has been heavily influenced by her on-going art practice that adopts both sculptural, installation and performative elements, all of which contribute to her O.T.T by Lia .T brand.
Lia has exhibited extensively across Australia, Asia, UK and Europe. She has developed and curated many solo and group events and exhibitions including
- Deb "Spoons" Perry - “CROC OFF” - Performance collaboration
- AZARIA bar - Immersive bar Installation - Carlton Club
- CRIKEY! - Collaborative fashion launch with Kate Geck - Glow Golf, Melbourne.
PATTERNATION (2014) was a large group show featuring Australian visual artists and designers over two generations. Emerging, established designers and design legends included Ken Done, Linda Jackson, Reg Mombassa, Desert Designs and Metaverse Makeovers, who are renowned for their innovative use of pattern. The show was a festival highlight and the exhibition was celebrated by high profile patrons and young influential designers.
TRASHION (2015) was a workshop with Australian Fashion legend Jenny Bannister titled TRASHION for young artists at Signal and the National Gallery of Victoria sponsored by City of Melbourne. TRASHION was a series of workshops working with household trash and upcycled goods to create sustainable wearable art.
Lia is a celebrated and respected artist and designer in the Australian Design and Fashion world and regularly works with iconic Australian designers including Kate Durham and Jenny Bannister.
Lia has also worked with names such as Rebel Wilson, Dannii Minogue, Client Liaison, Em Rusciano, Big Freedia, MONA Museum, Rockhampton Art Gallery, City of Melbourne and National Gallery of Victoria.