Can I let you in a design secret of mine? When creating my swimwear collections, I held a specific criterion for each bikini and one piece to reach:
Where better to imagine a happy, confident woman, than on the deck of a gleaming yacht? For designers, mastectomy swimwear is highly technical clothing to make, with very specific challenges. It needs to hold a woman's prosthesis or breast forms in place when dry or when swimming. The designs must help women appear even and balanced in the bust area, and be supportive yet be stretchy enough to swim in. Not easy.
Even more challenging is to design swimwear that empowers women with mastectomies to feel confident, to feel gorgeous when they would feel vulnerable or self-conscious when wearing swimwear.
Well, my self-set ‘yacht benchmark’ has now been reached after a welcomed invitation from The London Boat Show.
The London Boat Show is an annual event, hosting a display of Superyachts, and impressive sailboats, and is rather well attended too - visitors this year included the Princess Royal. And they fancied Clover Lewis Swimwear on their catwalk shows, alongside heritage brand Henri Lloyd to add the element of ‘nautical chic' to their premium event of the sailing season.
The fashion show was dramatic, high energy and included a mixture of contemporary and catwalk moves. Each of the models were also dancers, who shimmied and twirled their way through each scene. Any woman wearing a Clover Lewis bikini or bathing suit after mastectomy will be impressed that there were no wardrobe malfunctions, no matter how energetically the models moved during performances!
Seeing my post surgery swimwear on the catwalk was an extra special start to 2017, and real affirmation that mastectomy swimwear can be beautiful.
With warmth, Clover
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About Clover, Creator of Clover Lewis Swimwear
Clover started designing mastectomy swimsuits and bikinis after struggling to find a stylish, beautiful post-surgery bikini to wear on her first holiday after a breast cancer diagnosis. The holiday? A trip to Bali to overcome her fears by learning how to scuba-dive.
She made her first mastectomy bikini, got her PADI diving certificate wearing it, at that moment personally realised the connections between body image, clothing confidence for women with breast cancer.
So despite the expectation to carry on with “life as normal” after cancer, this experience had a profound effect on Clover. It became the fuel for her mission creating beautiful swimwear for women to feel good about their bodies so they can swim again.
Through Clover Lewis Swimwear, Clover helps women feel body confident… and feel like they belong on a beach.