Romance Was Born to create a children’s exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne


Known for their whimsical choices and kaleidoscopic use of colour, quirky-cool Australian fashion label Romance Was Born have announced that they will be creating a children’s exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in October.

The commission will see designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett fill a labyrinthine gallery space with fantastical environments that will engage visitors. Located in the NGV’s new children’s gallery, the commission further develops the design duo’s richly imaginative aesthetic and expands their field of play into the children’s arena.

“The immersive spaces that we are developing will encourage visitors and children particularly to engage with art and design in new and surprising ways. We want to encourage visitors to express themselves creatively through the lens of colour, adornment and playful self expression. Children can break conventions and have creative free reign,” said Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born.

Known for creating otherworldy designs for their runway shows, complete with dramatically striking hair and make up designs, the duo have the imagination to ignite the hearts and minds of children everywhere.

Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, “Expect the unexpected as Romance Was Born create a bold and vivid new space in which visitors can experience their playful, often eccentric and always brilliantly colourful imaginations and designs. Art and fashion will come together in a lively, flamboyant setting where visitors of all ages will be encouraged to explore themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery.”

“This exhibition is central to the gallery’s refreshed approach to children’s programming, enabling children to engage in the artistic process in innovative ways. It’s also about showcasing the very best in contemporary design practice and who better to do this for us than the hugely talented Romance Was Born, who will put their unique aesthetic touch on our children’s gallery,” said Mr Ellwood.

A vibrant children’s activity book is being produced to coincide with the exhibition along with a diverse range of public programs for children and families.

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids will be on display at NGV International from 17 October 2014 to 22 March 2015. Open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays. Free entry.