June 27, 2014
-- A forward-thinking group of Finnish fashion designers have teamed together to create an innovative new range of swimwear for women with one breast. The bold project, dubbed Monokini 2.0, is the brainchild of Elina Halttunen, PhD, who worked with artistic design duo The Nutty Twins (Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metteri) to help re-examine the traditional view of women’s swimwear. They want to provide fashionable options for women who choose not to have reconstructive surgery post-mastectomy.
The collection has been modelled in a stunning series of high-end photographs by ten women who have had a mastectomy after surviving breast cancer. The photos can be seen in exhibitions in Finland, Sweden and Norway, and there are also plans for live catwalk shows with the models. In addition to this publicity, a crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign has been started to help fund commercial production of three pieces from the collection.
There has been a great deal of encouragement and support for this movement from within the fashion industry. Chantilly Rose, a provider of high quality, stylish mastectomy clothing, is extremely excited by the impact of the Monokini 2.0 designs and fully supports the campaign. XXXXX says “At Chantilly Rose, we are hugely inspired by all women who have undergone mastectomy surgery and overcome breast cancer. It is incredible to see these bold women showing off Katriina Haikala and Vilma Metter’s designs and each one of them look amazing.
“We are proud to be part of an age where women can confidently display their bodies and look so fashionable in this swimwear, without fear of judgement. At one time, many people would have struggled to believe that this beautiful and confident look would be possible from post-mastectomy women. However, it is projects such as this that has helped to alter people’s perceptions of image and we hope to see more like this in the future.”
Chantilly Rose is a well-established family run business, offering fashionable and comfortable mastectomy wear. Their products range from loungewear and nightwear, to bras and swimwear, and they are designed to be both sophisticated and functional. Chantilly Rose offers a friendly and personal service and works closely with its customers to find the right product for all. You can find more details about their product ranges at http://www.chantillyrose.co.uk/