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Guide: It Takes Two

This month as we explore some big-name Design Duo’s, we couldn’t go past these local legends, shaking the creative mold and kicking goals in their respective industries.  Here are our top five local picks. Romance Was Born Australian fashion label Romance Was Born is the theatrical, outlandish love-child of local design duo Alana Plunkett and Luke Sales. The pair met while studying at Sydney Technical College, have since carved their niche in the Australian fashion scene with their distinctively bright, bold and beautiful catwalk shows. In their beginning, at the Fourth International Support Awards in Italy, the pair remarkably turned down the chance to work with the incredible John Gallianov – something few designers can say they’ve done.   The risk paid off as they pursued their passion, curating their creativity and starting the inimitable label in 2005, having gained media attention at Australian Fashion Week. The label’s signature design is extravagant, using intricate hand-worked details such as beading, sequins, embroidery and bold prints, forever dancing the colourful line between art and fashion. Their catwalk shows are immersive experiences that look to provoke emotional responses with their dreamscape, grand and whimsical vision engulfing its’ audience. The duo’s list of collaborations is not only extensive, but impressive, with the likes of big name productions Marvel, Disney and Lego, as well as dual Archibald Winner Del Kathryn Barton and Sydney Theatre Company.  More so, the label’s reach attracts attention from true individualists, being worn on international platforms by artists including Cate Blanchett, Nicki Minaj, Karen O, Cindy Lauper, Miley Cyrus, Grimes and more. As result of their brilliance, the label’s embellished fashion and textile collections, are proudly exhibited at The National Gallery of Victoria and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.  Not only this, they are former Residents of The Office Space and Paramount Royalty, having shot a recent collection at our award-winning offices in the iconic Paramount House.  Feel the romance, and shop the Seven Wonders collection.

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