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KAWAII HAWAII

COLLECTION 2 2013

Kawaii Hawaii
“A Luau with a distinctly Japanese flavour.”
Romance Was Born revels in the naïve joy of Ebony Bizys’ craft, the
ceremony and shapes of traditional Japanese dress including the mon,
which are Japanese emblems or family crests.  This formality is
spliced with a zesty tropical influence like the explosion of Hawaiian
tiki culture in the 1950’s.  So, slip into a tailored hula skirt and
sip a mai tai as you share a bento box picnic on the beach.

Kawaii Hawaii sprung from Romance Was Born’s collaboration with Ebony
Bizys an Australian artist and aficionado on craft, collector of
papers, forgotten fonts and of course, all things Japanese.  Bizys’
adorable blog Hello Sandwich diarises her life in Tokyo, running craft
workshops and writing the ‘must-have’ guide to her favourite city.
For Romance Was Born, Bizys has designed the prints; hello sandwich,
kawaii collage and hello collage, that are a series of scattered and
layered hand painted papers, torn or cut into rustic shapes resulting
in a simple graphic quality imbued with her aesthetic.  With Kawaii
Hawaii Romance Was Born’s silhouette is tailored.  At times neatly
following the contour of the body with a 50’s flair and at others the
outline is more formal, using kimono and ceremonial shapes. Tucking
and pleated details adorn yokes and waistlines with an intricate
Japanese reference.  While tie-dye, raffia elements and tiki totems
emblazon garments with a ‘crazy in the coconut’ Honolulu feel. The
spirit of the 50’s is loosely embodied by that era’s fascination with
the exotic, many a bored housewife dreamed of jetting off to the
Orient or sunning themselves on Waikiki beach. In Kawaii Hawaii
Romance Was Born combine cultures in a flight of fantasy to evoke the
simple pleasures of a fun crafted paradise.