HELLO, MARY MERULA
Interview with Brit Wacher
Montreal based designer Brit Wacher likes to dabble in experimentation between simplicity and chaos in her design. After graduating from LaSalle College in Vancouver, she worked in Thailand and Arnhem under Pauline Van Dongen before releasing her own work. While designed for real life, Wacher’s collections are both simple and complex at the same time, giving a dynamic twist to unconventional street fashion.
Her latest FW 2016 collection titled “Hello, Mary Merula” takes an unconventional turn from her previous work, and according to Brit, was more of a social experiment and character development rather than a fashion collection. The work was designed to be viewed as a performance that included coffee, oranges, taped recordings and live music by Johnny De Courcy as part of the clothing presentation. The concept of the collection is based off of Brit’s alter ego, Mary Merula, who is a FE(male) spirit who explores and encounters earth for the first time.
Currently abroad on another adventure, Brit took the time to answer a couple questions.
When did you decide you wanted to become a designer?
It is hard to say a specific period in time or if there ever was a decision made. The root is from imagining characters many moons ago.
How would you describe your style?
It is a dark, eclectic state from afar, in which the details under magnetized examination become minimal.
A functional, dramatic alignment of structure…
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Perspectives along the way. Here and there, day-to-day.
Describe the kind of person you see wearing your clothes.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
Everyday balance of love, health, dedication to work, and leisure.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
To always keep going.
What stands out to you in other designs or other artwork you admire?
Beautiful color combinations, I am always fascinated by other people’s palettes. It reminds me of my senses and gives such feeling, atmosphere, and memory.
What can you tell us about your upcoming collection?
It is about building strong structure/foundation/regime so you have the ability to become absolutely wild within.
Tell us about one of your favorite pieces you’ve designed and why you love it.
I still love the suspend britch trouser from FW14, Perspectivus. They are at once feminine and masculine. Empowering to wear around the town. I wear them a lot.
See more of Brit’s work at www.britwacher.com