Luxury swimwear, made in Europe, fusing intricate print-work, expert craftsmanship and a uniquely dark and surreal aesthetic, MONA is proud to present the Exousia collection.
The creative force behind MONA is Irish print designer Carla Johnson, who studied Textile design at NCAD in Dublin. After graduating in 2006 Carla moved to London, where she worked and designed prints for the fashion industry all over the world from her east London studio. She draws inspiration from her love of travel and a deep fascination with water.
She was awarded 'Designer of the Year’ 2016 as well as the overall ‘Innovation Award’ at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2016.
Her work has retailed in Brown Thomas as part of the CREATE project in 2015 and is now stocked there exclusively.
Carla infuses her collections with her own unique sense of style and an enticingly dramatic atmosphere, creating swimwear through the eyes of her enigmatic alter ego MONA - a dark siren, borne out of Irish folklore.
The latest collection is more influenced than ever by MONA’s mysterious world – a land of icy seas, rough tides, desolate beaches and dramatic, rugged coastlines. She continues to be inspired by the intricate beauty of marine life to inform vivid, abstract prints - shining fish scales, cool damp sands, iridescent flashes - all in an ultra-wearable, almost monochromatic colour palette.
The SS/16 collection is the brand’s most evolved yet. It introduces elegance through voluminous, silk loungewear, exhibiting MONA's signature prints. Designed to make women feel utterly beguiling, the collection is comprised of leggings, bikinis, one-piece swimwear, as well as versatile kimonos and sarongs – all perfect for parading at the beach or integrating into arresting daywear.
Cut around an elegant 1950s hourglass shape, the pieces work stylishly with both slender frames and fuller figures - complimenting beautiful curves wanting to show-off. The look however is anything but retro, as bold statement prints are the hallmark of this timelessly vibrant and visually exciting collection.