Michael Schmidt is a wardrobing and jewelry designer who has garnered the attention of the world's top entertainers, stylists, photographers, and directors for his expertise with a variety of innovative materials and techniques.
Known for creating elegant yet edgy clothing and accessories, his list of clients includes Madonna, Cher, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas, Janet Jackson, Deborah Harry, Dita Von Teese, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. His works have appeared in books and photographs by such renowned photographers as Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, Steven Meisel, Francesco Scavullo, Steven Klein, and Matthew Rolston, as well as innumerable world tours, album covers, music videos and major motion pictures.
Michael is honored to have had numerous pieces displayed at many prestigious museums. His razor blade dress, designed for Deborah Harry of Blondie, was on display in the 'Rock Style' exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. His articulated 3D-printed gown, created for burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, has been displayed at numerous institutions including LACMA, the Museum of Arts & Design in NY and the Sydney AUS Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences. A number of his pieces are on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 the Pasadena Museum of California Art honored Michael with a career retrospective.