A white crystal crown was the cornerstone of the jewellery collection made by Dinosaur Designs for Cooee Couture – the Romance Was Born autumn 15, collection shown at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this year. Inspired by the strangeness of the Australian landscape, and May Gibbs’ gumnut babies, the design houses worked with Australian artist Linda Jackson to produce the collection of wearable pieces.
The collection includes necklaces and earrings with gumnuts cast in brightly coloured resin and flecked with gold. There are also large eucalyptus leaves in clear resin strung together to sit layered around the neck.
Luke Sales of Romance Was Born always wanted to work with Dinosaur Designs. “It is an iconic Australian jewellery label and was perfect for this project which celebrates icons of this country. It was so much fun. We cast the gumnuts and leaves in colour palettes that reflect the work of Romance Was Born, Linda Jackson, opals, our oceans and tropical birds.”
Romance Was Born was not the only label to feature Dinosaur Designs pieces on the runway this year. The label also joined with Toni Maticevski for the second time this year. In contrast to what was designed for Romance Was Born, the Maticevski pieces are sleek and feminine, inspired by spatial dynamics and reflections of light. Resin spheres that resemble bubbles of water are joined to bold cuffs in precious metals to form sculptural, mermaid-like pieces.
Creative director of Dinosaur Designs Louise Olsen has also launched her newest collection, Flower, which reimagines elements of a wild garden with pastel-swirled jewellery and objects for the home.
Select wearable pieces from the Romance Was Born and Maticevski shows will be available for sale in October/November and Flower is available now at Dinosaur Designs stores and online.