11 April 2014

Australian Fashion Week 2014: Romance Was Born SS14/15 at MBFWA

Words: Saskia Edwards
Images: Jonathan Rae

Art meets fashion isn’t a new concept. But a model-free show at MBFWA is pretty unprecedented. I guess they figured, what can supersede a giant pop-up comic book or a mystic alien trance world? Romance Was Born SS14/15 is shown as an exhibition, where couture-esque designs are displayed on suspended mannequins. Romance Was Born co-designer Luke Sales says he’s “very happy about not using models this year”. The raw architectural elements of the Carriageworks are drenched kaleidoscopic light shows, created through a manipulation of sequins, glass and reflective surfaces. All the pieces were intricately designed using a myriad of textiles from streamers to plates of coloured glass. The main cohesive element seemed to be the iridescent nature of the collection. Most pieces are almost completely unwearable for the general population. But undoubtedly will be seen on progressive celebrities facing the uneducated criticism of tabloid magazines – cue “what was she thinking?!” Regardless, the presentation has us thinking, what could possibly be next?


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