My name is Monika Lobos and I am from Cracow, Poland. I am 24 and I am currently living in Milan.
Since I remember I have been inspired by art, so after graduating from high school I applied to Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow (my hometown) where I was studying interior design. This period of my life enriched me as a person. I was able to try different forms of art, and I learned how to express myself, finally I found my way in fashion, but while designing I am still using all knowledge I have learned there.
After finding out what I really wanted to do, I started my fashion design course at SAPU in Cracow. After three years I have graduated, but it still wasn’t enough for me, so thanks to my brother (and partner in crime) I moved to Milan with him to study at Istituto Marangoni. That was a great step and I am happy I did it as I learned so much there and I met great friends and teachers I will remember forever.
Beside my creative side I also have technical skills, so of course I had to learn pattern making, to be able to produce what my crazy head designs, that’s why I decided to do my MA in clothing construction at Istituto Secoli, where I learned everything that is to learn about pattern making. Currently I am facing the graduation from Secoli and I am ready to dip my toes in the fashion industry.
My design style is minimal with a twist, it can be a splash of color or a print or interesting detail. I draw my inspiration mostly from architecture (thanks to my origin interest), but also from travelling around the world. This is my other love, and I couldn’t design without it. Seeing the cultures, landscapes and especially people brings me to life and makes my creativity flow.
The collection I have created is inspired by one of my favorite graphic designer M.C. Escher. It gave me an idea to create forms that will deceive sense of sight. Cuts and combinations of fabrics are blending the pieces together so sometimes you have to look twice to see the full picture. At the same time I kept the color range and prints in very positive and playful mood.
Untill now I was a finalist in Zlota Nitka, the biggest fashion competition in Poland and my design were published in polish magazines, so now I am ready to conquer the rest of the world with my polish diligence and Italian temperament.