Romance remains true to fashion festival’s goals


Models wearing designs from Romance Was Born. Picture: Daniel Boud
Models wearing designs from Romance Was Born. Picture: Daniel Boud

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 students 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 including Base by Ben and students Courtney Makins, Elle Campbell, Rose Church, Lauren Willems, Rebecca Grime, Shannon Malone and Tamara Loo.

Urban Couture 2016 events

Fashion exhibition: February 20 to March 20 at Joondalup Art Gallery

Fashion symposium: February 26 at The Breakwater

Romance Was Born flash sale: February 28 at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City

Emerging and graduate capsule runway showcase: March 2 (open to public from 7.30pm) at the Reid Promenade multi-storey carpark

Textile workshop with Emily Wills: March 12 and 13 at Joondalup Art Gallery

Sara Winfield mural at Joondalup Festival: March 19 and 20 at Central Park

Caught on the Hop guerrilla runway shows: March 20 at Joondalup Festival