The Colors of Happiness

August 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

“Red hibiscus – it’s almost like a kiss.”

Dana Cooper Design

That is how artist, resort-wear designer, and illustrator, Dana Cooper, describes a color. “Green, for me, is the color of happiness. It’s one of my favorite colors – specifically lime green. Also, turquoise and aqua because they remind me of the ocean.”

dana cooper bathing suit

Dana Cooper Swimwear

Modwalls Pool Tile

Modwalls Pool Tile

Cooper’s resort and swimwear reflect the colors and environments of her native home in Bermuda. Her father was a sailor so when she wasn’t with him on the boat, she was running barefoot on the beach.

“You’re surrounded by the Atlantic, and the colors of the sky…it’s like watching God in motion.” She talks about shades of blue, orange, magenta, and “tons of rainbows.” These are the colors she captures in her work, first as an illustrator, and then as a clothing designer.


“In 2005, I got divorced, and I designed my first beach wrap. It was basically a leap of faith.”

A textile manufacturer from Bali encouraged her to take her colorful illustrations off the page and transfer them to fabric. She started with a leaf design found along the shores of Bermuda and Florida and added beads to it. Much to her surprise, the orders started pouring in.

Cooper Beach Wrap

Then the financial crisis hit and sales came to a standstill. But – as they say – when one door closes, another (or two) opens.cooper coral dress

“An old friend of mine who works in the fashion industry started a company and wanted to take my design one step further, so we went from a square beach wrap to dresses, skirts, and other stuff.”

Soon her line was sold at Saks, Calypso, and small, hip boutiques. In 2013, she branched out on her own.

cooper bikini

“People respond to the prints; they resonate. They’re seeing a landscape. It’s a landscape embedded in my mind.”

Designer Dana Cooper

Designer Dana Cooper

She splits her time between Bermuda and New York, and is proud of the fact that all her work is made in the U.S. and hand sewn in New York. Her line includes SPF fabric, which is in high demand, and there has been interest in expanding her collection to include home textiles such as duvet covers, pillows and sheet sets. “People have remarked how soft they are. They’re like a baby’s blanket.”

To view more of Dana Cooper’s designs, visit her website and receive 10% off their first order – just mention your friends at Modwalls!

Micheline Auger is a freelance writer who loves art, design and all things Modwalls.

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