Romance Was Born releases Lil Lord Fauntleroy
The ever-fanciful designs of Romance Was Born have drifted into sweet stylings, translating china teacup patterns into the label’s usual, unusual collection of head-turning shapes.
After curating The Johnston Collection at Melbourne’s Fairhall Museum, Romance Was Born duo Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett selected some of the antique furniture and decorative arts pieces to transform into this season’s prints. Letting you look like you’re actually wearing a tea party, the winsome chintz patterns in yellow, rose and blue are offset by vivid navy, red, black and white across silk tees and shift dresses, bodysuits, a puffy quilted bomber jacket, and denim mini skirts with matching jackets.
Influences of Staffordshire porcelain figurines and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s rags-to-riches tale Little Lord Fauntleroy also weave through the collection, which has similarly been dubbed Lil Lord Fauntleroy. Modern depictions of ruffled yokes and collars deliver a playful obscurity, with a series of artistic stumbles informing the costume recreation.