The annual Artlightenment festival which occurs every November at the Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre Nashville is set to close with a fashion show by Monarch Clothing.
“My life has always been filled with creativity and inspiration,” says Elisabeth Donaldson who founded Monarch Clothing. Donaldson is organizing a fashion show which is set to conclude the annual Artlightenment festival this year.
Artlightenment is an art show and film festival that has occurred each year since 2009. This will be the third year that Monarch Clothing has had a fashion show in the festival.
According to the Monarch Clothing website, the style is described as, “…modern Bohemian chic with a dash of Steampunk, a bit of retro vintage and a ton of fun.” Donaldson took the name Monarch from the Monarch butterfly, she grew up on Monarch Lane, but mainly wanted the name because of the implication of royalty and power. “…I am really behind the idea of creating expressive pieces of clothing that allow an individual to tap into that inner power of some long gone or long denied ruler-ship,” she says.
Shortly after the inception of Monarch in 2012, Donaldson was voted one of Nashville's top designers of the year in the RAW artist showcase and was a featured designer at Knoxville Fashion Week.
“Ultimately, for me, Monarch is beyond clothing. It’s a way of thinking – it’s the mindset of supporting the power of artists and everything that that represents.”
The fashion show with designs by Elisabeth Donaldson of Monarch Clothing will take place at 8:30pm on Saturday, Nov 15th and is free and open to the public. For more information about the Artlightenment festival, visit artlightenment.com. For more information about Monarch Clothing, visit thequeenhaswings.wordpress.com.