MONIKA MONGOL – a fashion designer with an eternal wanderlust, seeking inspiration in the folklore, unique traditional motives and thoughts now almost forgotten. From all the inspiring places Asia is closest to her heart. She likes to work with a good quality materials and machine embroidery; her trademark is a subtle elegance and contrasting details.
ALL PRODUCTS ARE MADE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC.
She started like most little girls do – making dresses for her dolls and resewing her granny’s old clothes. After graduating from the higher vocational school of fashion design and completing several courses in arts she chose the career path of a fashion designer. She further graduated from the Tomas Bata University in Zlin. Within a frame of a student exchange program she spent six months in England, working for a genuine fashion brand. Since 2009 she appears in the fashion world as MONGOL – which is a nickname her brother gave her back in the years of their childhood.
During her studies she received several prestigious awards for young fashion designers like National Award for student designers in 2011, Schwarzkopf Brilliance Fashion Talent in 2012, or Shooting Fashion Stars in 2013. Her work appeared in the magazines ZEN, Dolce Vita, Ona Dnes, Inspire, Linda and other popular media. She took part in various trade fairs like CODE-MODE, DESIGNSUPERMARKET, SHAPE & VISION or the international HUSH market in Warsaw. You could hear her on Radio Wave in the program called Modeschau a few times, or see her on the Mongolian television on Fashion Channel Mongolia. And she led several successful workshops and lectures, for example lately one about sustainable fashion and recycling called MONGOL SLOW FASHION. From among her other activities a styling for a music band FIORDMOSS could be mentioned.
Looking at all that she has done so far, to name one piece of work that she is most proud of she would definitely choose a Tibetan mandala embroidered on an old army jacket that was exhibited in the National Gallery in Prague within a frame of an exposition The Hidden Language of Plants. This artwork was bringing the spectators’ attention to the ongoing conflict in Tibet.
For the collection called MONGOL that was inspired by the life of nomads Monika Mongol received a grant from the Ministry of the Czech Republic for a short business trip to Mongolia.There she managed to visit local salons, organize lectures and workshops at the local schools, collect useful contacts and make a photoshoot of her collection – the pictures were subsequently published in GOODALI, one of the most popular Mongolian magazine.
MONGOLIA opened her heart to travel and after visiting Indonesia, Singapore and Tanzania, she is looking for more inspiration in Vietnam.