Mona Lucero March 11 2015
"Design is not for philosophy – it’s for life. – Issey Miyake
Mona has a love for both fashion and art. This results in clothing that is often whimsical, frequently elegant and always unexpected. She specializes in making designs that make every “body” look great and believes her mission is to help each person find their personal expression and style.
A bit about Mona:
Ever since she can remember, Denver fashion designer Mona Lucero has had a love for both fashion and art. This love results in designs that are often whimsical, sometimes elegant and always unexpected – indeed, a devotion to style.
Her training – a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Denver and an Associate in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has enabled her to bring together the two disciplines into her signature style. She often incorporates fine art techniques and concepts such as found objects, collage and sculptural shapes in her designs.
She has received “Best of” awards from Denver’s Westword, 5280 Magazine, and Fashion Group International and nationally from City Magazine in New York City. Her work has been featured in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and 303 Magazine. She has been recognized as one of Denver’s top designers for the Fashion Project Contest at Tamarac Square and she has also received Westword’s coveted Fashion Mastermind Award.
Mona’s first memory is of drawing her grandmother’s portrait on the side of a shoebox with a crayon. She thought the drawing captured her grandmother perfectly and at that moment, her dream was to be an artist. Born in San Francisco and growing up in Grand Junction, Colorado, she moved to Denver to start art school and graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree. While there, she was inspired by soft sculpture and wearable art. All the while dressing as eccentrically as she could think, in her senior year, she found a new love in fashion design. She moved to New York City to graduate with an Associate in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has worked in a variety of fashion industry jobs including assistant patternmaker, screen print artist, technical designer and activewear designer. She has costume designed for several theatre companies and dance companies such as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, El Centro Su Teatro and Elitch Gardens Historic Theatre Company. In 1993, in her constant search to bring together art and fashion, she designed and created her first hand-dyed and screen printed collection and began to wholesale her bags and clothing to fashionable shops. In 2002, she opened her original boutique in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood at 15th Street and I-25.
In 2012, redirected her focus on the creation of unique pieces – each custom designed for individual clients.
I've known Mona Lucero since Jazzercize days (like 12 years ago or more). I remember her plans for opening a fashion design business and boutique. She quit our Jazzercize class and quickly became the diva designer in Denver. If anyone has given Denver a name for fashion it's Mona Lucero. 888 Market Street loves Mona and especially her little bow evening purse.