Ro­mance re­mains true to fash­ion fes­ti­val’s goals

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

AVANTE-GARDE fash­ion la­bel Ro­mance Was Born is this year’s am­bas­sador for the City of Joon­dalup’s Ur­ban Cou­ture pro­gram.

Now in its sixth year, the pro­gram sup­ports the WA fash­ion in­dus­try and brings de­sign­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, tex­tile artists and cre­ative en­trepreneurs to the north­ern sub­urbs of Perth.

Known for its cov­etable prints, hand-worked ap­plique and in­tri­cate bead­ing, Ro­mance Was Born started in 2005 when de­sign­ers Anna Plun­kett and Luke Sales came to­gether af­ter fin­ish­ing fash­ion school.

Ten years on, their de­signs are stocked in David Jones depart­ment stores and the duo have col­lab­o­rated with big in­dus­try names such as Cate Blanchett, Jenny Kee, Linda Jack­son and the Syd­ney Theatre Com­pany.

“Ur­ban Cou­ture is an ex­cel­lent pro­gram that brings sup­port and a sense of com­mu­nity to emerg­ing cre­atives,” Sales said.

“Anna and I have such an im­por­tant role to play in help­ing stu- dents and emerg­ing de­sign­ers un­der­take a re­al­is­tic ap­proach to their ca­reers.”

Plun­kett added: “We think it’s im­por­tant to be au­then­tic and have your own sig­na­ture and we want to show young cre­atives it is pos­si­ble to have in­de­pen­dent suc­cess­ful busi­ness in Aus­tralia.”

Ur­ban Cou­ture will be held at in the City be­tween Fe­bru­ary 20 and March 20, fea­tur­ing work from stu­dents at Cen­tral Tafe, Curtin and Edith Cowan univer­si­ties, and Polytechnic West.

One high­light of the pro­gram is the emerg­ing and grad­u­ate cap­sule run­way show­case, which fea­tures work from some of WA’s top young fash­ion de­sign­ers.

Pic­ture: Daniel Boud

Mod­els wear­ing de­signs from Ro­mance Was Born.

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