30 Days of Artists: Ilonka Designs | Marie Antoinette

Ilonka DesignsThis is the second year Art Bra Austin sponsor, P&H Services Inc., has commissioned the talented work of Ilonka Designs to create an art bra ensemble that is sure to impress. The sole brilliance behind Ilonka Designs is none other than the Austin artist, Ilonka Braun.

Born and raised in Santiago de Chile, Ilonka grew up in an environment that fostered artistic exploration. Her Hungarian grandmother taught her to design with leather and fur at an early age. This lead Ilonka to study Fashion and Design in college. Ilonka immigrated to the US in 2004. Her goal is to contribute to Austin’s eclectic style, creating clothes and jewelry for women and men that accentuate and combine a confident harmony of complex natural elements into a subtle yet powerful style.

The artist’s inspirations came from the undergarments worn by women in the time period known as the “Baroque”, right before the French Revolution. Queen Marie Antoinette, before her tragic death, lead a lifestyle that would mark the most decadent and excessive fashion worn by women in history. Ilonka is fascinated by the way women’s figures have been exaggerated and transformed through the centuries, speaking loudly from oppression to freedom. She explains that “in this particular time, we encounter the mocked shape of big hips and flat front and back, enhanced with “panniers” (meaning baskets). On the top we encounter a strong oppression corset.” For the “Marie Antoinette” art bra, Ilonka replaced the corset with a bra that shows intricate and rich textures, of Gold Lame Fabric, and MacramãLace. She also incorporated delicate embroidery of flowers, tulle, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and rich authentic Rhinestones.

“Marie Antoinette”

Marie Antoinette


P&H Services is a one-stop supplier for durable medical equipment, products and services for women affected by breast cancer. They are a certified provider of compression garments, respiratory products, electrotherapy devices, cervical traction devices, bandaging, lymphedema pumps and mastectomy products, including wigs, scarves, hats, bathing suits, mastectomy sleeves and breast forms.

BIG NEWS! P&H is also the only business in the Austin area to offer Radiant Impressions, a custom prosthetic design that simulates missing breast tissue. Clients are “casted” and their chest molds are used to create prosthetics that match the remaining chest cavity tissue. It is truly an amazing technology, please visit their website to learn more!


To view more of the work of Ilonka Designs, please visit her website at www.ilonka-designs.com

Art Bra Austin
June 7th, 2014
Austin Music Hall

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