So far, Mohney has created several Sim-like avatars on the program Adobe Fuse, which is currently in a beta testing version. Each avatar sequence boasts a quippy name, such as “Stop Waiting!!!!”, and fulfills an action that corresponds with the title. “It is like an emotional reaction. it is just a vibe,” says Mohney. For “Stop Waiting!!!!”, the avatar is dressed in a black and white harlequin print jumpsuit and sprints across the screen to the tune of actor Shia Lebouf’s inspirational speech “Just Do It.” Another, titled “Witch Pimp,” is an avatar with a J.Lo style floppy hat in a tangerine-hued skirt suit complete with a tactile vest, all of which is accessorized with a saucy strut and the music of “Human Nature” by Madonna. “It’s a pocket of emotion. Like, ‘Let’s do something silly and strange and put this music to it.’” says Mohney. “It’s this work unto itself and I have fun doing them.
Experimenting in a more digital-focused sphere has trickled into another facet of Mohney’s career that has remained mostly underwraps up until now, which is his work with medical garb. Mohney has been revamping the PPE designs for his grandmother’s medical supply company, Alunt since he was 18 and more permanently since 2018. Based in Mohney’s hometown of Buffalo, New York and founded in 1975, Alunt is responsible for manufacturing PPE, including hospital gowns for frontline workers and newborns. They also work directly with medical personnel to create customized pieces. Currently based in Los Angeles, social distancing has made it impossible for Mohney to travel back to Buffalo to assist with gown redesigns so he has been working on it remotely, drafting prototypes on the fashion design program CLO.
Modeled on an avatar—with killer cheekbones, too—he has made several designs that have helped make hospital gowns easier to wear, which comes in handy during the time of COVID-19 when full-coverage is necessary. “We want to make sure there is as little fuss as possible,” says Mohney of the reworked designs. There are thumb loops to keep the sleeve attached to the wearer's hand and so that rubber gloves can be pulled over the cuff. Another addition? While most hospital gowns open up in the back and expose the wearer, Mohney’s has layered the gown with an extra piece of material that secures from the shoulder to the back so it doesn’t open up unnecessarily. The wearer can customize the layer of fabric so that they can wear it over the head, shoulder, or waist. For Mohney, the experience has been rewarding, and, yes, another way to think out of the box. “I’ve never spoken about [PPE design] since it’s always been separate from ‘fashion,’” says Mohney. “But the transition to focusing on PPE apparel seemed like the best way for me to be a part of some kind of solution in the smallest of ways.”