Romance Was Born is a Sydney based fashion label consisting of Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, a madcap design duo with a penchant for the out there. Known for really putting on a show, their presentations are one of the most anticipated at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. With radically different ideas put forward each year- from Atlantis (Doilies and Pearls ), 80’s excess ( Nightmare On Wall Street)(starring yours truly as a demented powerwoman), Oriental (Fruits & Flowers ) , Dinotastic (Renaissance Dinosaur ) and Marvel’s archives inspired superhero collection (Berserk), RWB imbues a tale into all their creations. Favourite of the music world , Romance has been worn by the likes of Nicky Minaj, Karen O, Bat for Lashes, MIA and The Presets. I grabbed a quick 10 with Anna and Luke …
TANJA: How did you guys meet? Was there an instant recognition of a kindred spirit ?
ANNA: We met at college while we were studying fashion. I remember seeing Luke’s work before actually knowing him. I really loved his aesthetic.
LUKE: We got pissed and high at a house party at Anna’s towards the end of first year at college and started talking… I was intimidated by Anna at first ’cause I thought she was too cool to be my friend….boy was i wrong!
T: Your label has always had so much creativity infused in it. Do you both work on the entire collection together or does each one of you have a specific job within the design process?
A: We talk alot about ideas and inspirations and tend to go away and do our own thing ad come together and go through it all and see what works.
L: Sometimes I just leave Anna alone if I dont understand something she’s working on – I figure if she’s that passionate about it, its going to be good, and it usually is.
T: RWB Spring Summer 12/13 collection is based around Marvel heroes and features some amazing graphics. What can we expect from autumn winter 2013?
L:Anna and I recently curated a house museum in melbourne of antiquities and collectable objects. we loved the porcelain and china and especially the clothes they wore back then, so its based on that (check it out here )
T: You have a long history of collaborating with artists on your collections and prints are an integral part of your work. What other artists would you love to work with?
L:I have already been blessed to have worked with my 3 favourite Australian artists, its hard to say who else….but I suppose Bill Henson is one (as obvious as that is) and we LOVE the sugar installations of perth artist Pip and Pop and the photograhy work of Christan Thompson (I’d love to make the clothes for his work he he he).
Internationally… my God….I wouldn’t know where to start.
T: If you were to be reincarnated in any era which person (male or female) would you love to come back as and why?
A: I bet Luke says Marie Antoinette?! This is so hard, so many amazing people I love never really found real happiness come to think of it. Like Coco Chanel, she really suffered but did something amazing. Maybe Anna Piaggi?
L: Ha ha ha! Yeah probably Marie Antoinette if they had modern day dental care, but otherwise I dont know….
T: Do you have hidden talents , obsessions or hoarding practices ? If so what are they?
A: I really love to sing, at school I was in the choir-ahhhh, but I’m a bit shy for that now!
L: I was at one point quite passionate about gardnening and horticulture….i hope one day i can have a garden again….im also a really good dancer when im drunk
T: If you won a billion dollars in the lotto what 4 things would you do first?
A: Rue Cambon- CHANEL!!! Donate most of it to charity, set up some dog rescues and buy a car and a house with the rest, oh it would be good to buy a office also, and set up a factory somewhere so you can make what you want!
L: Donate most of it to charity and buy our business a new office and a digital printer!
T: What do you love most about living in Sydney?
A: Its easy to get a taxi and the ocean!
L: Good weather, good beaches, good food ,good times!
T: Who or what do you find inspiring at the moment?
A: Meditation is really inspiring me at the moment, I really look forward to classes.
L: Just day dreaming in the bath…
T: What is next for RWB?
L: Oooh God…This and that .
T: Wait and see!
Dagny + Barstow in New York, Bauhaus in Hong Kong, Lula Rock in Singapore, Dual and HP France in Tokyo.
Romance Was Born is stocked at Harvey Nichols in London, Dagny + Barstow in NYC,Bauhaus in Hong Kong, Lula rock in Singapore , Dual and HP France in Tokyo as well as David Jones stores in Australia