Bio

Romance Was Born encompasses both new and classic modes of fashion resulting in playful elegance. Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met whilst studying fashion design and launched their Sydney based label in 2005.

Otherworldly prints form the basis of each collection. The designers take inspiration from artists, often working with them collaboratively to create a unique language each season. Previous collaborations include working with artists including Del Kathryn Barton and Kate Rhode. Plunkett and Sales share an obsession for detail - from the naivety of craft to the perfection of a couturier, both elements inform their collections. The pair are known for their ambitious and often theatrical runway shows that realise the Romance Was Born vision. Each show production becomes a dreamscape to explore vast themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery.

Romance Was Born's creativity also attracts invitations to collaborate beyond fashion. Special projects include working as guest curators within a museum context where they meticulously rearranged the rooms of Fairhall House Museum for The Bride, The Ship and The Wardrobe. In 2011 the Sydney Theatre Company commissioned Romance Was Born to design costumes for their production of Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness. The brand have projects planned in 2014 with the nationally recognised Carriageworks in Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne which further cements their deep interest in the fashion as art space.

For their seventh runway production at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, RWB was the official opening show for SS12. The desingers have received many awards including the Woolmark Australian Designer Award 2009, the Qantas Spirit Of the Youth Awards (SOYA) Fashion Prize in 2009 and The ITS#4 (International Talent Support) Competition in Italy in 2005.

The brand is currently stocked at over 33 retailers worldwide including; Harvey Nichols in London, Bauhaus in Hong Kong, Lula Rock in Singapore, Dual and HP France in Tokyo. In Australia, they are stocked across a range of independent directional stores including the iconic retailer David Jones as well as their own online shop at www.romancewasborn.com

Romance Was Born have carved a cult following for their collectable collections both locally and overseas. The Romance Was Born woman isn't afraid to express an individuality; those that wear their collections include fashion mavericks Cate Blanchett, Tavi Gevinson, Nicky Minaj, Karen O, MIA, Lilly Allen and Bat for Lashes.

Timeline

2013

Collection 3 "Mushroom Magic" in collabortaion with Pip and Pop.
  Collection 2 "Kawaii Hawaii" in collabortaion with Ebony Bizy's collage work and blog "Hello Sandwich".
  Collection 1 "Lil Lord Fantleroy" inspired by Melbourne's decorative house museum Johnston Collection and in collabortaion with Australian artist Phil James.
   

2012

Lego 50th Anniversery Artist Collaboration.
  Styling work includes the Jenny Kee retrospective show at Australian Mercedes Fashion Week, Oyster Magazine Issue #100 featuring Australian actor Sophie Lowe, Marie Claire main fashion "Age Of Excess", Grazia "Showmance" and Pagesonline shoot "Zsa Zsa".
  Guest curator for the Johnston Collection decorative arts house museum in Melbourne in collaboration with Kate Rohde titled, "The Bride, The Ship and The Wardrobe".
  Summer collection "Beserkergang" in collaboration with Marvel, opening Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, Wharf 3/4 Walsh Bay, Sydney.
  Currently stocked in 33 retailers worldwide including; Harvey Nichols in London; Dagny + Barstow in New York: Bauhaus in Hong Kong; Lula Rock in Singapore; Dual and HP France in Tokyo. In Australia stocked across a range of retailers including department store David Jones. 
  Exhibited in International "Wool Modern" Exihibition, Sydney.
  Spring Summer pre collection "The Miraculous Mundane" in collaboration with Australian artist Stephen Bush.
  Autumn Winter collection "Happy Campers".
   

2011

Exhibited in the International "White Wedding Dress" at Bendigo Art Gallery, curated by the V&A London.
  Spring Summer collection "The Oracle", presented at Australian Fashion Week, Mitchell Room, State Library, Sydney.
  Spring pre collection "The Oracle" (Part I) in collaboration with Australian artist Nell.
  Design costumes for the Sydney Theatre Company's Production of "Edward Gant's Amazing Feats Of Lonliness".
  Harpers Bazaar cover and feature story "Fashion & Theatre," featuring commissioned pieces made for Cate Blanchett.
  Autumn Winter "Fruit and Flowers" collection, collaborated with artists Kate Rohde and Stephen Giblett.
  Exhibited in "Man Style" at the National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne.
   

2010

Opened second concept store for Spring Summer collection "Renaissance Garden" Sydney, in collabortion with Kate Rohde.
  "Renaissance Dinosaur" collaborative exhibition with Kate Rohde, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne.
  Opened third concept store for Autumn Winter collection "Fruit and Flowers" in collaboartion with Stephen Gilblett.
  Spring Summer "Renaissance Dinosaur" collection presented at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in the Maclaren Hall at Sydney University, collaborated with Kate Rohde.
  Autumn Winter collection "Nightmare On Wall Street", collaborated on short film "City Limits" directed by Kris Mores.
  Harpers Bazaar "Fantasia" shoot customised Cruela De Ville outfit for Rachel Taylor.
  Exhibited in "Frock Stars", Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
   

2009

First cover of Australian Vogue, featuring Myf Sheppard.
  Cate Blanchett wears crochet blanket dress at the opening of ACMI (Australian Centre Moving Images), Melbourne.
  Opened first concept store "Pearls Dream" Sydney, in collaborated with artist Patrick Doherty.
  Winner of the Quantas Spirit Of Youth Award (SOYA) Mentorship with Nikky and Simone Zimmerman.
  Powerhouse Museum, Sydney acquire pieces from the "Doilies & Pearls, Oysters & Shells" Spring Summer collection.
  "Doilies & Pearls, Oysters & Shells" Spring Summer collection shown at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, in collaboratioin with astists Patrick Doherty and Esme Timbery, presented at the Sydney Theatre Company.
  Autumn Winter "Yeti Magic" collection shown at the LMFF & Winner of the Woolmark Designer Award at The Melbourne Museum
  Marie Claire Awards winner of the "Best Creative Talent" category.
  National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, acquired pieces from collections "Garden Of Eden" and "Doilies and Pearls, Oysters and Shells".
   

2008

"Garden Of Eden" exhibition, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney, in collaboration with artist Del Kathryn Barton.  Collection toured to the National Design Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne.
  Spring Summer "Namaste" collection in collaboration with artist Del Kathryn Barton collaboration.  Showcase at the Conservatory of Music, Sydney.
  Sportsgirl capsule collection "Clowning Around."
  Yen "Young Women Of The Year" Award, winner in fashion category,Anna Plunkett.
   

2007

Spring Summer "Weird Science" collection, in collaboration with artist Del Kathryn Barton, first on- schedule catwalk show, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.
  Autumn Winter "RWB Gets Nocturnal" collection, in collaboration with artist Del Kathryn Barton.
  Costumes for Bat For Lashes, supporting act for Radiohead's European tour.
   

2006

Picked up first national stockists including Alice Euphemia, The Corner Shop, Ksubi in Sydney and New York, and Orson and Blake.
  Spring Summer "Regional Australia" first commercial collection, in collaboartion with artist Del Kathryn Barton, off-schedule Australian Fashion Week, The Cricketers Arms Hotel, Sydney.
  Finalists in the Tiffany and Co Designer Award, Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
  Had a fitting with Cyndi Lauper for her Australina tour.
   

2005

Exhibited and Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
  Offered internship at John Galliano in Paris.
  ITS#4 (International Talent Support Award) finalists, Italy, showcasing "Cat Alley" capsule collection.
  Finalists in the Mercedes Start Up Program.
  Official launch of Romance Was Born.
   

2004

Independent graduate Australian Fashion Week off- schedule group show "Cook Up Collective", The Argle, Sydney.
  Karen O wears red googly eye Romance Was Born top during her Australian tour with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  Graduated in Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design East Sydney Technical College. 
   

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