Michelle Lowe-Holder is an artist & maker using the body as a canvas to create unique and artisanal pieces . Utilising both modern and heritage techniques with mixed materials and a sustainable approach - each collection evolves from each other , led by a concept refined and developed thru the craft.
MLH work has been featured in press internationally including Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue India . Vogue Japan , Financial Times, Dazed and i-D magazine. The V&A is currently exhibiting several pieces in the "Fashioned by Nature' exhibition and is featured in the museum book - The V&A shop is also currently selling a specially commissioned jewellry collection inspired by sustainability and nature.
BIO / PROJECTS
Born in Canada holding UK and USA citizenship - Michelle Lowe-Holder holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Distinction in Design from Pratt Institute in New York. Michelle worked for several years in the fashion industry before returning to study and completing an MA in Knitwear at Central St. Martins in London. Following graduation the “MICHELLE LOWE-HOLDER” RTW collection was launched. Several BFC “New Gen” sponsorships followed including on-schedule runway shows at London Fashion Week and sales representation.
In 2009 the MLH label took a change of direction when the Center for Sustainable Fashion / LCF invited Michelle to attend the first co-hart of mentoring to help develop makers/designers to develop a more sustainable, slow and artisanal approach. The AW10 “Ribbon Reclaim” is the first group of MLH hand made pieces for the body using heritage crafting techniques and upcycling vintage and end of line ribbons.
Michelle Lowe-Holder has also been involved in many projects from designing a knit pattern collection for a heritage Norwegian wool company, to upcycling for M&S and being part of the CFS development team for the Nike Maker App.
LECTURING / MENTORING / WORKSHOPS
Michelle Lowe-Holder has a PGCert Teaching Degree in Higher Education and HEA Fellowship from Manchester Metropolitan University. She is a part time Senior Lecturer at Istituto Marangoni in London from 2006 specialising in Sustainability, Design Concepts ,Textiles and Materials teaching MA / BA Design and Styling students.
Guest lecturing includes Winchester University, University of Venice, Norwich University, American University, Kent University , East London University, Show Studio and London College of Fashion including - MA Fashion Futures / BA Fashion Design H&M Project / BA Fashion Jewellery and BA & MA Fashion Buying.
Michelle has held several MAKING workshops most recently "Open Studio" with Fashion Revolution in April 2018 . In 2017 she participated in "Disco Make" with Fashion Revolution & Green Peace and "Reclaim to Wear " with University of Venice, University of Egypt and "Cotton for Life" .
Past events have been held at the “Science Museum” in London / “Contemporary Textile Studio” in Toronto, Canada and M&S/ Oxfam "SHWOP" event Dray Walk Gallery in East London. She has also held youth workshops in the “Osteroy Museum” and “Gjerdet Museum” in Norway and the "KCP Youth Centre" in London.
She continues to be a mentor on the "Kering Award for Sustainability" for the Center For Sustainability / LCF since the project began in 2015. Alongside "Sustainable Angle" co-founder Amanda Johnston, Stella McCartney, McQueen , Brioni and Gucci all have participated in the 6 month student project where a 10,000 Euro prize and internship is awarded. McQueen and Pomellato are the companies looking for innovative sustainable solutions for 2018.
Previous mentoring includes the NIKE year long designing project for the "MAKING APP" and ongoing work with MA dissertation students at Istituto Marangoni.
MLH work is featured in the following published books:
"FASHIONED BY NATURE" Victoria & Albert Museum 2018
“CORK in ART, FURNITURE , FASHION & ARCHITECTURE “ by Guillaume Bounore / Chloe Genevaux 2017
“MARKETING FASHION” by Harriet Posner 2015
“RE-FASHIONED” by Sass Brown 2013
”THE NEW JEWELLERS” by Olivier Dupont 2013
“ACCESSORY DESIGN” by John Lau 2013
“OPERA VOL II CONTEMPORARY NUDES“ by Matthias Straub 2012
“SUSTAINABLE HANDBOOK” by Sandy Black 2012
“AMELIA’S COMPENDIUM OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION” by Amelia Gregory 2011