Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Romancing the Woolmark

AWI via lumensphotography

Congrats to Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, whose Romance Was Born label took out the 2009 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Woolmark Designer Award last night. The duo's Autumn/Winter 2009 'Yeti Magic' collection led an impressive competition field that included Ant!podium, Gary Bigeni, Ellery, Konstantina Mittas and Therese Rawsthorne. Plunkett and Sales walked away with A$10,000 in cash, in addition to a trip to one of two key European textile trade shows, Pitti Filati or Premiere Vision. With Australian Fashion Week just six weeks away, 2009 is shaping up to be a big year for the five year-old Sydney brand. How are they going to top their 2008 AFW extravaganza? If all goes to plan, with an even bigger extravaganza, this time staged at the Sydney Theatre Company, thanks to a new hookup with STC co-director Cate Blanchett, who has become the brand's biggest fan - and who wears one of its dresses in the 2009 STC program. Romance Was Born is also due to design costumes for an upcoming STC production.


marian said...

Fabulous and Amazing! so good RWB have this industry recognition as well as the insightful judging to keep this award fresh and very of the now.
happy days x

Imelda Matt - The Despotic Queen of Shoes said...

This has been a long time coming! One can't help but wonder if the Cate connection finally convinced the Woolmark judges that Luke and Anna mean business. But whatever the reason it's the most fantastic outcome and I couldn't be happier.

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