SEATTLE -- If it's true that life imitates art, one man believes there is also art in death.
Designer Mark Mitchell recreates the customary burial clothing of a century ago, for a new generation.
“I make clothes. That is what I was born to do,” he said. “It truly is my calling.”
Mitchell finds enlightenment in his work and said he has a very high standard of perfection, especially in his burial work. “To take that experience and transform it into something beautiful and light and transformative, you notice you don't see any black,” he said.
Every detail is done by hand and Mitchell said it helps him get over the burdens of death in his past.
“It's an act of love really for me. It's been very healing for me if you know my story," he explained.
Part of his story was finding out that he is HIV positive. But he said this special couture project has turned that sadness into something else - something eternal.
“It's sort of my iconic vision of that person as their best self in the afterlife for eternity. And isn't that what we want for all our loved ones whether we believe in some sort of deity or not?” Mitchell said. "I love what I do.”
Mitchell’s business is based in Washington state and a full custom burial ensemble will costs each client at least $10,000.