Creative Industries Residency Program
Flowers in the attic collection by Romance Was Born, photographed at Powerhouse Museum. Image: Daphne Nguyen.

Romance Was Born

“We just showed a collection in Paris called ‘Step into Paradise’; the models within the show were a representation of Australian exoticism – our “Aussie birds” which represented a kind of technicolour Australian rainforest – that world would be pretty ace!”

– Luke Sales, Romance Was Born.

Romance Was Born is the contemporary Australian fashion house with a unique story-telling vision. The renowned duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met while studying fashion in 2005 and established the inimitable label Romance Was Born. The pair is known for their ability to transform any theme or seemingly random inspiration into a glittery glimmering fashion paradise. Their collections are full of breath-taking statement pieces and feature; covetable prints, hand-worked details of appliqué or embroidery, intricate beading and intensely detailed sequinned elements. Artistic collaboration is an integral part of how Romance Was Born design, they carefully choose collaborators who share their creative passion and dedication to their process. Past collaborations with kindred artists and brands include May Gibbs, Linda Jackson, Jenny Kee, Del Kathryn Barton, Disney, Marvel, Lego and the Sydney Theatre Company. Romance Was Born create clothing that is more than just beautiful garments – they create an immersive and emotional experience for the wearer.

Romance Was Born continues to draw inspiration from the Powerhouse collection to create their seasonal collections.

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Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born, Powerhouse NSW Creative Industries Residents. Image: Daniel Boud.