Decy Ramona, the creative mind behind Indonesia brand Tyramona, is a storyteller. She believes in more than simple lines and curves sewn together for everyday use. More than Pantone colors, organized shapes, and the latest trend in everyday clothing. To Decy, a good wardrobe is one which has a personality and narrative, something bold yet very specific. These unique elements of design are well known to fans of Tyramona, but even dedicated customers didn’t expect the brand to delve so deep into fantasy territory at Couture Fashion Week. Rather than traditional dresses and Indonesia patterns, Decy Ramona’s spring collection featured mythical warrior garb.
The backdrop for Tyramona’s revamped aesthetic was Ramona’s home province of South Sulawesi. A constant theme in the designer’s work, this outing was the first to display strength and beauty in matter-of-fact clothing. Feathered lapels, printed bodices, and intricate headpieces harkened back to days of old while maintaining a contemporary complexity. Adding to the story was a decidedly heroic element reminiscent of traditional comic book figures like Wonder Woman. Strong lines and Romanesque skirts coupled with headbands aren’t day-to-day wear, but they presented strong reminders of what Decy Ramona is famous for, delicate silhouettes evoking the strength-with-beauty trope displayed in ancient carvings from South Sulawesi. Her genius was to tone back each outfit with delicate colors and lace, bringing the contrasting elements into beautiful balance.
In her storytelling style, Tyramona by Decy Ramona introduced new meaning to the term avant-garde. This was not your typical, overly-stylized collection or some fashionable reinterpretation of a David Lynch film. Rather, these looks blend ethnic pride with high fashion and surprising accessibility. Alongside Amazonian helmets and god-like shields, these powerful dresses tell a simple but beautiful story. That of an Indonesian fashion designer carefully bringing her home to wardrobes across the globe.
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