Founded in 2012 by Elisabeth Donaldson, Monarch clothing is a bewitching, inspiring, and unexampled fashion line based out of Nashville. Donaldson is impressively self taught, and Monarch includes vintage and upcycled pieces, as well as splendid original designs. The line includes dreamy dresses, chic shorts, and surprising remade pieces. These repurposed garments are some of Donaldson's most fascinating- from vintage slips made into fitted two-piece lingerie sets, to reconstructed and gorgeously detailed caftans. Donaldson's individual approach to design and her seemingly innate ability to re-imagine what fabrics or outdated pieces could be are as impressive as the finished garments are exquisite. She incorporates paint, patches, and unexpected layers into various aspects of the Monarch line. The vestments are whimsical but grounded, funky but classic, and superbly structured but full of movement. Some are delicate, vintage inspired shapes, others are unconventional modified show stoppers. The resulting apparel includes an array of colors, patterns, and silhouettes that are solidly coherent due to Donaldson's clear and creative voice.
Of her work, Donaldson says, "I love that I am helping to create this little universe that someone can actually step inside of and become."
Wearers of Monarch are sure to feel fanciful, mischievous, and enticing-as well as singularly thrilled to be so delightfully adorned.