romance was born become the first australian label in the met's costume exhibit

This year’s 'Notes on Camp' exhibition features a piece from the labels 2015 Cooee Couture collection.

by Annabel Blue
31 May 2019, 7:06am

Romance Was Born 2018 MBFWA show. Photography Daphne Nguyen

Each year, The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute showcases a handful of the world’s costume designers as a part of their annual exhibition. This year, Australia’s Romance Was Born was one of the few chosen —making them the first Aussie brand to be ever be featured.

This year, as you probably know from Met Gala coverage, the theme for the exhibition is Camp: Notes on Fashion, curated by Wendy Yu and Andrew Bolton. It’s based on Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on Camp, where Sontag discussed the notion of camp reflecting the artificial, the ironic and wild. Alongside Romance Was Born, the exhibition features designers like Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Off-White and many others in a celebration of camp’s exuberant aesthetic.

In an interview with Vogue, Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales said they shared multiple options with the Met for inclusion. In the end they’ve selected a unique garments from the 2015 Coogee Couture collection, a matching jacket and skirt with heart motif made from plexiglass (and previously worn by Miley Cyrus). As the duo stated in an interview, they want the audience to come away with a feeling of “Excitement and a sense of love and pride” which is what the theme of Camp truly embodies.