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  • “Reflected glory” installation, photo by Zan Wembley.

  • “Reflected glory” installation, photo by Lindsay Smith

  • “Reflected glory” installation, photo by Zan Wembley


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“Reflected glory” installation by designers Romance Was Born and artist Rebecca Baumann

Sydney-based fashion designers Romance Was Born recently collaborated with Perth artist Rebecca Baumann for a multi-sensory installation at renowned Carriageworks gallery, Sydney. The installation, which is titled “Reflected glory, showcases their latest prêt-à-porter collection and will be on view from April 9 to May 11, 2014, coinciding with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Romance Was Born is comprised of Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, who met while studying fashion design and launched their Sydney based label in 2005. According to the designers, their shows often become a dreamscape to explore vast themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery, and “Reflected glory” is no exception. Rebecca Baumann, an artist who is known for her kinetic sculptures and her use of unconventional materials, created for the occasion a colorful installation with kaleidoscopic effects that evoked the feeling of being trapped inside a shimmering rainbow. This is not the first time that Romance Was Born team up with an artist in order to create a unique language, since they have collaborated in the past with Del Kathryn Barton and Kate Rhode for a series of fabric prints, as well as with artistic duo Pip & Pop, who created a site specific installation during last year’s fashion week. What makes the difference this time is that the “Reflected glory” installation is shown at a gallery and it is open to the general public, a risky alternative to the classic runaway show.

“Each garment signifies a special moment in time: a house party, Mardis Gras, a wake, New Year’s Eve,” says Lisa Havilah, the director of Carriageworks gallery. “Every piece is like a modern-day relic that immortalizes these stories, interwoven with iridescent threads and adorned with sequins and jewels. They signify contemporary rites of passage, the importance of honoring memory and the cycle of life that binds us.” On the other hand, artist Rebecca Baumann, who shares with Romance Was Born the same fascination with color, said to ABC Australia that she was really privileged to exchange ideas with the fashion duo: “I was interested in working with Romance Was Born because of the way they approach fashion, they aren’t the trend-based cycle of fashion, they have their own vision and they make what they want to want.” “Reflected glory”, by Romance Was Born and Rebecca Baumann, runs through 11 May, 2014, at Carriageworks gallery, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia.