Thursday, 19 May 2011
PRELUDE - Romance Was Born Sunday 1st May, 4pm
Sunday May 1st 2011 at 4.00pm
ROMANCE WAS BORN
Mitchell Library, Sydney
On the eve of Australian Fashion Week, Romance Was Born presented their Spring Summer collection 'The Oracle' in majestic style.
Inspired by the film The Never Ending Story, eternity and the beauty and decadence of the 1920’s, Romance Was Born transformed the Mitchell Library into a world of pure fantasy and unveilled a refined collection. The finale accompanied by the Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Choir's rendition of 'The Never Ending Story' was an emotive finish to a breathtaking presentation for guests including Cate Blanchett, Jenny Kee, Sophie Lowe, Kylie Kwong, Nell, Del Kathryn Barton and Susie Bubble.
For Spring Summer 2011/12, Romance Was Born muse languorously upon the chaise lounge while in the background the warm crackle of a phonograph spins the jazzy warbling sound of the clarinet, pausing only to take a sip from their gin sling… squinting a heavily kohl rimmed eye as they drift back into Fantasia riding the gilded juggernaut of jazz and gin.
Deco dancers and dream weavers - this season Romance Was Born are drawn to the complete woman, she wears a hat or headdress, coiffure, shoes and all manner of enchanting accessories. Even the practical has a patina of the theatrical. Bold gem colours of coral, turquoise, chartreuse and the blue of lapis lazuli are housed in the finest gold and are offset by the contrast of black and white.
Their designs are the stuff of dreams calling for the most luxurious of fabrics and opulent prints, indeed this collection boasts the best prints of the season. Precious jewels and amulets are displayed as a whole swathe or turned into gorgeous strips of silk ribboning and trims. Elsewhere, garments feature hand painting and digital prints of artwork by Australian contemporary artist Nell.
Reality is never enough for Romance Was Born and so a fascination formed with the magical land Fantasia, a land created by the hopes and dreams of humankind. Inspired by the dual nature of the Empress’ magical talisman – AURYN whose serpents entwine to represent the two worlds, Fantasia and Reality but also the twin nature of their mutual creation and destruction.
Show Producer - Rachel Tuffery
Creative Director - Mark Vassallo
Stylist - Caterina Scardino
Hair Director - Alan White for GHD
Make Up Director - Natasha Severino for M.A.C
Skincare - SK-II
Nails - Sally Hansen
Music Direction - Jonny Seymour, Mandy Warhol and Nick Wales with Sydney Youth Orchestra and Australian Youth Choir
Conductor - George Ellis
Floral Styling - Lisa Cooper and Simone Booch
Hats - Teresa Redrup
Eyewear - Polaroid for Romance Was Born
Jewellery - Autore
Shoes - Bloch customised by Romance Was Born
Hosiery - Jonathan Aston and Levante
PR and Sponsorship - Little Hero
Supported by sponsors: SK-II, ghd, M.A.C, Polaroid, Sally Hansen, MOTIF wine, Santa Vittoria, The State Library of NSW, Crystallized Swarovski Elements, Australian Youth Choir, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Autore, Publisher Textiles, Think Positive and Karen Willis Holmes.