In 1950’s suburbia, a young woman dreams of escaping the ho-hum monotony of baking casseroles and homemaking. Instead she longs for the intrigue and romance of the 18th century French Court idolising Marie Antoinette’s Versailles for its lavish fashions and extravagance. Looking out the window and across the patio at her row of neat tyre swan planters… she dreams those white swans are skimming gracefully across the ponds of the Queen’s Hamlet. In a simple gesture of royal elegance.
Simple Gesture uses their famed dramatic techniques which are Romance Was Born’s signature use of embroidered detail, hand sewn sequin and beading placed artfully upon rich fabrics; of taffeta, silken jacquards, sheer organza, fine French linen and frothy chiffons. A flirtatious game of conceal and reveal. The shapes and lines of the season are a mix of full-length flowing gowns, fulsome puff sleeves and plunging neck lines or high collars with sheer peek-a-boo moments.
Romance Was Born’s collection Simple Gesture expresses their long-held admiration and love of the Palace Versailles, none can deny the breathtaking splendour of the palace and its grounds. The grand rooms and architecture alone leave an indelible impression, not forgetting the impressive lifestyle and fashions of its famous last Dauphine. This has inspired the story and feeling of their collection. Regal nods and genuflects are expertly blended by Romance Was Born with a lustre wear like glaze of 1950’s Australia. The resulting garments are steeped in romantic history and filtered through the light hearted and easy-going character of their designs. Modern and opulent. In short, a Simple Gesture.