Proud member of fashion industry I become relatively late and by pure coincidence. After seeing one alternative fashion show with friend artist we have created an art collective. Trying to attract the audience we wanted to invite fashion designers to showcase during our experimental events. Unfortunately at the time nobody wanted cooperate with us so our first fashion show was with my hand painted t-shirts and dresses. It started my exiting journey by all the steps of fashion. I was a host including projects in Embassy of Poland and Embassy of Tanzania), backstage manager, fashion designer, even make-up artist and body painter.
Personally, I think fashion is the highest level of art, where the catwalk show combines elements of the theatre in which actors are models who are moving on the stage as living sculptures. And there is always music in the background.
Erwin Michalec - Graduate of Fashion & Textiles in London College of Contemporary Arts - Polish born artist, sculptor and textile designer specialized in unique hand painted fabrics and digitally modified textiles for industrial production.
AS SEEN IN VOGUE ERWIN MICHALEC’S DESIGNS HAVE A MIXED MEDIA OF ETHNIC INFLUENCES. HE IS FASCINATED WITH HAITANIAN VOODOO AND THE STRONG CONNECTION BETWEEN POLISH AND HAITIAN. INSPIRED BY THE CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN CULTURE HAS BECOME A SIGNATURE ELEMENT THROUGHOUT HIS COLLECTIONS.
Erwin does not use any digital processing throughout the development of his designs for the individual clients and for all his art and fashion shows:
- The clothing is painted by hand
- Every design is different and as unique as possible
- There are not any printed works on any of his dresses presented on the catwalks.
- It is real paint which is directly applied to the fabric
Creating this kind of fashion is very laborious. These techniques have gained success for Erwin as he gained second place for the Radical Designer Award.
Erwin Michalec also offers casual printed collections in his virtual boutique. Based on his work, but in a decidedly different style distinguishing his traditional hand painting on fabrics.