MONA SWIMS is a luxury swimwear brand made in the UK and fuses intricate print-work, expert craftsmanship and a uniquely dark and surreal aesthetic.
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.
The latest collection named Evolution 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.
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.