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The Royal Gazette

Dana Cooper of Dana Cooper Design has just launched a new capsule collection of inclusive shorts (Photograph by Jessie Moniz Hardy)

But one leg at time can be a real challenge when you have a mobility issue, or need to be somewhere in a hurry.

Bermudian fashion designer Dana Cooper started thinking about this last year, when her athlete friend broke his leg.

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But he couldn’t get the pant leg on. We couldn’t find anything in the stores, or online that was appropriate, or in his style.”So she helped him cut up his clothing so that he could wear some of his favourite outfits. A lightbulb went off in her mind.

The Royal Gazette

Dana Cooper, a fashion and graphic designer, is the daughter of Kirk Cooper, who competed at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Games for Bermuda, and was an international juror at the 1983 America's Cup.

Ms Cooper has been producing Bermuda-inspired beachwear and accessories for many years under the label that carries her name.

She most recently showed another collection in the Bermuda Fashion Collective at the Bermuda Society of Arts in November

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The inspiration behind the 13 designs selected by the America's Cup merchandising director came from her time on the water. “I grew up sailing and I know what sailing means to Bermuda.

The Bermudian Magazine

Dana Cooper has been a designer, illustrator and fashion print designer globally for nearly three decades. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and has her own Bermuda-inspired resort wear line, as well as her best-selling Bermuda children’s books.

She had a pop-up boutique at The Coral Beach Club last summer and was an official licensee for America’s Cup in 2017.

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She is an art aficionado, loves going to the beach, jogging early in the morning, sailing and swimming in the beautiful waters of Bermuda and spending time with friends and family.

VOGUE

On the SCENE

By Genevieve Bahrenburg

We designed it as a warm weather alternative to our original frr funnel,"says designer Gigi Mortimer of the brilliantly printed beach poncho that we will no doubt see brightening up beaches from Nantucket to Newport, Bridgehampton to Biarritz, this summer.

"It's inpired by casual island living and is brightly colored and easy for anyone to wear beachside or paired with white jeans to go out at night."

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Mortimer, who earned her design stripes creating accessories for Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren, teamed up with PR exec Courtney Moss to launch their fashion line, Glamourpuss NYC, last year, and the creation of the poncho with its adjustable length and long sleeves, quickly followed. To design its flamboyant prints, Mortimer tapped the talents of her girlhood friend Dana Cooper.

I have always admired Dana's art of its whimsical Bermudian colors and the way she captures that carefree spirit," says Mortimer.