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Bush Magic

COLLECTION 1 2015

Inspired by Romance Was Born's nostalgia for childhood stories and dreams, our national treasure May Gibbs and her cherubic Gumnut Babies and the freedom of growing up in the Australian outback - Romance Was Born reveal their delightful A/W 2015 collection Bush Magic. Deep in the outback, there is a secret meeting place where the trees and animals talk. Beyond the scrubby tea-tree, the acacias with their sunny wattle bursts, and the prickly grevillea stands an ancient grove of gum trees. Standing tallest in the group is a very old gum tree, and in that tree sits a merry kookaburra, looking down upon the still waters of a billabong. What’s that lurking in the murky depths of the cool billabong, down in the grassy reeds where the yabbies hide … is that a glimpse of the shy Bunyip? Yes, Bunyip is here and the cute gumnut babies too. Taking his cue from Bunyip, the jolly kookaburra lets out his cheerful call. One by one creatures big and small gather around the billabong for what will be a day and night of celebration. The bush will resonate with delightful sounds of storytelling and spell sharing. Let the Bush Magic jamboree begin! A sweet whimsy skips through the prints and shapes of this Romance Was Born collection, with privileged access to May Gibbs’ loveable characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. The adorable Gumnut Babies are the heroes of the stunning floor length sequined and blossom embellished Bush Magic Gown, they also appear nestled among pretty native foliage prints or as embroidered mascots on the woollen and leather sleeved varsity Gumnut Boys jacket. Carefree memories of school sports days and half-time orange slices inspire the spirit of the sports mesh story and the use of a new “scuba” fabrication, neoprene fronted with viscose crepe gives garments a relaxed structure. Bush Magic slogans and characters star on custom elastic trims, are emblazoned across the backs of jackets and shorts or beaded delicately onto the back of silken blouses like the excellent spell casting koala. This element of play is countered by the magpie story with its slinkier nocturnal feel. A gold filigree button produced by Hall Ludlow sourced from the NGV’s fashion and textile collection is a recurrent motif throughout the range underpinning it with style and grace. The elegance and charm of the 60’s is fashioned in the silhouette of the collection’s swing shapes, flared culottes, sweet bell sleeves and scalloped hems. Bush Magic is a sprightly collection to help us connect to the endless optimism of childhood dreams and the free spirit of the outback.