ROMANCE WAS BORN
Romance Was Born is a tour de force of contemporary Australian fashion. Fusing together their unique storytelling vision and design prowess. The internationally renowned duo
Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met while completing their degree in fashion design and in 2005 established the inimitable label Romance Was Born.
Known for their ability to transform any theme or inspiration into a glimmering, chimerical paradise full of wonderment. Romance Was Born creates clothes that are more than just a sum of their parts- they create immersive cultural experiences that provoke an emotional response. In Harpers Bazaar Australia 2011 Cate Blanchett quotes “I love Romance Was Born because they have a great anarchic freedom”.
Collaboration is an integral part of design for Romance Was Born, who choose to collaborate with artists or brands that share their creative passion and are dedicated to their own process. Seeing them collaborate with artists such as Del Kathryn Barton, Stephen Bush, Sarah Contos, Kate Rhode, Australian designers Linda Jackson, Jenny Kee, as well as Disney, Marvel and May Gibbs.
Together they find creative common ground and build an awe-inspiring relationship between fashion and art, with the duo also working on costumes commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company. Romance Was Born are stocked in 25 stores globally and their creations are held in fashion and textile collections at The National Gallery of Victoria, the Powerhouse Museum and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
The pair has garnered respect for their extravagant and theatrical runway shows that realise the entire Romance Was Born vision. Attracting the attention from artists who are not afraid to express individuality, those that wear their collections include style mavericks
Daphne Guiness, Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrnes, Giovanna Battaglia, Catherine Martin,
Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, MIA, Natasha Khan, Karen O, Grimes and Miley Cyrus. Each Romance Was Born collection becomes a dreamscape production to explore vast themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery and the results are breathtaking.