For many fashion designers fabric is the starting point for the creation of the collection. Appreciating the technical properties of the cloth can offer the designer an assortment of possibilities; fabrics can be selected for their appropriate weight, texture, drape and handle. However, the choice of fabrication can also assist in the management of textile waste. Designers can choose from a wide variety of materials that will function appropriately and also meet sustainable criteria.

Romance Was Born will often choose to use reclaimed fabrics for their fashion pieces, which will provide a wearer with a uniquely individual garment. The Sydney-based fashion label, founded by Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, are revered for their use of unusual and eclectic materials, handcraft techniques and eccentric, playful styling. The Garden of Eden collection, worked in collaboration with Del Kathryn Barton, included craft techniques and patchwork fabrics, over-the-top embellishment and found objects.

Image: Romance Was Born, The Garden of Eden, with Del Kathryn Barton, the Kaliman Gallery, Sydney 2008. Photography Limuel Martine

Website: http://www.romancewasborn.com/

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