Reflected Glory

Reflected glory_photo by Zan WembleyRebecca Baumann and Romance Was Born explore our basic desire for happiness pursued through customs, rituals and social occasions in Reflected Glory currently on display at Carriageworks.

Like modern day relics these garments immortalise stories, woven with iridescent thread and adorned with sequins and jewels. They signify contemporary rites of passage, the importance of honouring memory, and the cycle of life that binds us. Each garment signifies a special moment in time – like a house party, Mardi Gras, a wake, New Year’s Eve, a sweet 16 party…

“…Like the Madonna tee that Luke was wearing the first time we met and hung out at my house party. We embellished the garment in clear sequins and now this piece embodies the creative spirit between the both of us.” says Anna Plunkett, Romance Was Born.

Established in 2005, Romance Was Born is a powerhouse of contemporary Australian fashion. The internationally renowned duo, Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, are known for their ability to transform anything into a glimmering, chimerical paradise full of wonderment. Creating clothes that are more than just a sum of their parts – they create immersive and unforgettable contemporary cultural experiences that provoke an emotional response.

Collaboration is an integral part of design for Romance Was Born, Plunkett and Sales have chosen to collaborate with unique Australian artists who are passionate and dedicated to their own artistic fields. Together they find creative common ground and build a harmonious relationship between art and fashion.

The distinctive work of Rebecca Baumann spans kinetic sculpture, performance and installation. Painting with light, Baumann explores form, scale and colour through a contemporary lens, using unorthodox materials like smoke, tinsel and acrylic to give shape to the intangible.

In 2011, Baumann received the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award, and has previously exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Reflected Glory
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Exhibition continues to Sunday 11 May 2014
Free entry

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Image: Reflected glory – photo by Zan Wembley