The Elegance of Mark Mitchell

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September 11, 2016 1 Comments

Somewhere Between.

Where heaven meets earth is where you will find creations by Mark Mitchell. Currently based in Seattle, Mark is an artist, a costumer, a tattoo artist, a soon to be husband and an overall amazing person. You think I am kidding. I am not.

Mark has a background in costume design and he moved to Seattle to do just that for the theater. Then time goes on and our paths can lead to different occupations and things change. This has happened to all of us.

Though where passion is, you will hopefully return and thankfully for us Mark did just that. To try to describe his work is a hard one to do. Where do you start? You can try and try but until you see it you will never have a true understanding.

The delicate stitching, fine and beautiful natural fabrics. Embroidery with such attention to detail. Overall construction of each piece. The clothes are beautiful inside and out. It would be very easy to see Mr. Mitchell working for a couture house in Paris. Or perhaps working with such costume designers as the late and great Eiko Ishioka.

Though were you can find him is in museums. Mark launched his own exhibition titled “Burial” back in 2013. The Frye Art Museum in Seattle held that amazing exhibit. Burial was about handmade clothes and accessories for, you guessed it, burial. Now remember this is art so no you will not be finding the ready for wear collection at Nordstroms.

Missed the exhibit? Not to worry.

I think it is now time for you to see what magic is.

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*All photos seen here by were taken by Christopher Reichs for Vanguard Seattle during the exhibition of Mark Mitchell: Burial, September 21 – October 20, 2013 at the Frye Art Museum. Permission was granted to use by Mark Mitchell.

Pretty gorgeous right. Now here are the details. Just when you thought it couldn’t get better.

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*Steven Miller’s utterly beautiful detail photographs of Mark Mitchell: Burial at the Frye Art Museum, September 20-October 20, 2013. Permission was granted to use by Mark Mitchell.

All created, hand stitched with the finest fabrics. Simply breathtaking. It reminds me of the golden age of Hollywood and the costumes you would see on Katherine Hepburn.

I really just want to sip a martini in these clothes and flounce around my house listening to Clair de lune. I think the neighbors would stare but I wouldn’t mind. I would yell out the window. “DO YOU KNOW WHO MADE THESE?! MARK MITCHELL THAT’S WHO!!!”

Now for an amazing video about the creator of these beauties by the amazing Marcy Stone-Francois.

My husband and I are lucky enough to call Mark a friend of ours. Thank you for letting me write about you Mark. It was an honor.

You can follow Mark here and here

October 7, 2016

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    Jeff Dobbs

    September 12, 2016

    My partner Nick and I attended Mark’s exhibit at the Frye in Seattle, we both loved it! Unfortunately we missed opening night and did not get to experience live models wearing these amazing outfits.