While the rest of the world decluttered and reimagined ways of doing things, fashion design due Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales of Romance Was Born were doing exactly the same. Over the past 18 months, the pair have been working through boxes of remanent fabric and vintage finds from their studio. On 31 May, they debuted the result at Australian fashion week: two collections constructed almost entirely from dead stock, vintage pieces and other treasures that have piled up over their 16 years in business.

‘I joke that Anna is a bit of a hoarder,’ says Sales. ‘It’s … a sentimental way of holding on to something. So if we’ve ever used something in the past and there’s been a scrap of something beaded, Anna has always put it away … kept it stashed for the right time.

‘During Covid we had the time. That was the right time.’



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