What will you be doing on doomsday? More importantly—at least to Mystery School creator Michael Wiernicki—what will you be wearing? “A collision of the past and the future,” his latest collection of women’s and men’s garments features awesomely original digital prints—some integrating the shape and cut of a piece and others at odds with an item in order to create tension. “I’m really excited about the timing of all this, because this is a thrilling era in which to live. The world is changing so fast, and we’re shaping the future for ourselves. Through fashion, I'm able to have some input on that future,” says the local designer, who gathers ideas and inspiration from comic books and electronic music. And given that he’s crafting surreal clothes suitable for an end-of-the-world celebration, it seems appropriate that Wiernicki describes his design process as making order out of chaos. So will you be ready to wear his ready-to-wear?
Believe it or not, I get inspiration from fringe scientific theories of quantum mechanics. That stuff will totally blow your mind, and then you’re left with a clean slate; you see everything just a little bit differently.
My proudest moment in fashion was backstage at my debut show during last year’s CFW Emerging Designer Competition: East, watching the 20-foot-tall projections on the back wall of the runway.
My inspiration wall is filled with images of Egyptian statuary, reptiles, Soviet Brutalist architecture, pre-Columbian artifacts, gothic cathedrals, art by Kilian Eng, and sculpture by Kevin Francis Gray.