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24 hours backstage at Romance Was Born with hair director Di Gorgievski

Beauty is a huge part of Australian Fashion Week, and few people work harder than the hair and makeup directors backstage. Diane Gorgievski is one such creative. This season, she's directed the hair across multiple shows, including the incredible, cyber fever dream Romance Was Born. The hair look was inspired by Blade Runner: slick shapes, high gloss and out-of-this world shapes. But what does into the making of? What does a day on set look like? Gorgievski's photo diary from the day that was Romance, below.

What time did you wake up this morning?

5:30am to be on set at 7am.


What was the first thing you did ?

Stretched! After long days on my feet, I always need a good morning stretch to start the day.

Morning survival tactic?

Coffees*** Plural!!! The Beauty Chef Hydration Tonic and my magnesium, always.

What are you wearing for a day backstage?

For long days, its imperative that I am comfy BUT I still love to have fashionable pieces to layer with. This year I picked up some amazing pieces from Tuchuzy; silky sets that look really cool paired with my all time fave Bottega boots.


AFW backstage energy in one word?


What do you love about working with Romance Was Born?

The creativity, the story behind the brand and their vision. It is ART that pushes the limits.

Tell me about the Romance hair look.

We have five hair looks tonight, all inspired by sci-fi story telling. The hero look tonight is the “Bladerunner”; a wet-look up-do with futuristic elements and detailing around the face.

What's involved, technically?

When I'm backstage directing with Redken, I like to split my team in to groups to achieve each look. For the hero, we layered max sculpting gel, using our hands to mould shapes into place while adding the the unique detailing. 

Backstage snack of choice?

No time for snacks- I eat hairspray.

How would you describe the feeling of being backstage in a word?

Shamozzzzzle but the best. 

Model to watch right now?

What are you doing to wind down at the end of the day?

Between us? A stiff gin martini! Dry of course.


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