About Monika Astara
Monika Astara is all about fabulously flattering, casually elegant styles that look great on all body types.
With Monika's European flair and sensibility Monika Astara designs are comfortable, casually elegant, yet very distinctive. They are easy to care for, fun to wear and they last.
They are entirely hand made and hand painted in the USA with lots of joy at Monika Astara's studio in Austin.
"I have always loved working with fabrics. When I was 10 years old I started making clothes from old curtains and any scraps of fabrics I could get my hands on. During College years sewing clothes that I couldn't find anywhere at night and wearing them the next day was recreational. It didn't occur to me though that it could be a viable "career". That "happened" in my early thirties.
I sewed up a bunch of pretty wild, yet casually elegant looking clothes in very unusual fabric combinations: raw silks, animal print knits, satins, laces, liquid gold and silver lamee, interlock knits. Embellished with gold and silver glitter paint and rhinestones. Everything sold in one evening. In a very conservative town in Oregon - to professional women who all said that they had no idea they could have this much fun. When trying on, they were laughing, running up and down the stairs, dancing, joking with each other, saying that they have never felt this great in anything they own, nor have they ever had this much fun with each other.
That was the start of my "dream come true": creating clothes that are fun, casually elegant, and they make women of all sizes feel and look fabulous.
From 1994 to 2007 I had a boutique at the Hot Springs Resort in Colorado. It was a fun place with styles for every age and size. Very colorful, yet casually elegant. I got to dress women for every day life, for presidential inaugurations and everything in between. Oprah called it "the best boutique" on her cross country tour.
Many lives got transformed in that boutique - including my own.
Transforming lives, making women happy, and feeling good about themselves is still a huge part of the Monika Astara brand.
I love working with women to find the pieces that are right for them:
where the eyes light up, they stand up straight, the voice gets stronger
and they radiate from the inside out. That is a whole new approach for
many women: to actually see and experience how texture, color, and style
impacts how we feel, how we interact with others and how others respond to us by what we exude.
With my designs you can enhance all kinds of moods: from serene to casually elegant, to artsy, to playful, to bold, to wildly energetic.
It's easy to look and feel great with these clothes.
Try it! And have fun with it!"
All Monika Astara garments are hand made one by one in my studio in Austin. The paints are non-toxic and do not require the use of water. That is important at a time when water is one of the most precious natural resources. Almost all of the fabrics are eco-friendly and sustainable.
When you purchase these garments you can rest in peace - with a big, happy smile on your face.
For details on the fabrics, click on "About the fabrics".
For more info, if you have questions or simply want to talk to me, please call 512 - 470 2553 or contact us