LONDON — Stefani Grosse, founder and creative director of Monreal London, was just six years old when she picked up a tennis racket and faced down Steffi Graf on a tennis court in their native Germany. While Grosse’s passion for the sport remains, her path led her away from the Grand Slam circuit that Graf pursued and to the Parsons School of Design, where she won several prizes and went on to design for Donna Karan and Calvin Klein, creating a number of Oscars and Golden Globes dresses along the way.
Now based in London, Grosse is capitalizing on a gap in the market with her brand, Monreal London, a luxury women’s tennis wear collection that straddles the line between fashion and functionality, without compromising on style or performance.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"