Dorothee has an MA from Central Saint Martins, having previously studied at FHTW, Berlin. She has worked for Christoph Broich and The Collection.
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.
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.
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.