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Queen Of The Night

Collection 1 2017

Romance Was Born presents Tecopa - a film by Rachael Pony Cassells.   Inspired by the Queen of the Night collection, director Rachael Pony Cassells finds that a dancers freedom is perhaps the human expression closest to bird's flight. In Tecopa she pays homage to the recent passing of visionary dancer and painter Marta Becket who founded the Amargosa Opera House, a folk art treasure in the isolated region of Death Valley, California.

Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes enters the world of mysterious majestic landscapes that inspired Marta Becket's life and dances with her spirit on the wind. Marta's spirited love of dance lives on in the tiny town of Tecopa through her protégé ballerina Jenna McClintock who continues Marta's legacy of desert dance performances.

Dancers Natasha Khan & Jenna McClintock
Music The Quiet of Night by Mary Lattimore (Courtesy Ghostly International)
Makeup by Kara Yoshimoto-Bua.

Romance was Born’s Collection 1 2017 is a gothic nocturne of ethereal beauty and wonder. The mode is inspired by the austere romanticism of the Victorian era, Pre-Raphaelite mysticism and the freedom of the Belle Époque. The Queen Of The Night collection offers the purest form of beauty, that of nature. Featuring the majesty of birds and flowers, whose evanescent beauty is captured in exquisite detail by Gary Heery in his dark and moving portraits. Romance Was Born interpret Heery’s portraiture as stunning placements set on a dramatic black backdrop of glamorous silks digitally printed on velvet, satin, crepe de chine and pure cotton poplin. Dresses and blouses are fashioned with the sleeve of the season, which is distinctly Victorian being ruched or ruffled with the volume of a pagoda or the fullness of a gigot. Making an elegant statement out of the humblest gesture. Seductive florals lure the eye with wanton fleshy petals in a display of crimson tulips, alabaster lilies, magnolia, dainty cherry blossom and rare cactus blooms. Arranged as an abundant everlasting mosaic in what RWB are calling the flora still life or in striking modernity with the simple and balance of ikebana. From petals to plumage and oh what plumage! The vivid detail of Heery’s birds is nothing short of spectacular, before his lens they dance mid flight fanning their feathers in an array of wing spans and tail tips plunging talons...

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