"Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion" Mentor with CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY & LCF FEB 2015 - PRESENT Michelle Lowe-Holder has been part of the mentoring team for the "Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion" since the partnership started in 2015. Students develop and propose tailor made creative and innovative sustainable solutions for Kering companies. 2 prizes are awarded - a paid internship or 10,000 Euro Grant Award for Sustainable Innovation. 2015 included Stella McCartney & Alexander McQueen 2016 Stella McCartney & Brioni / 2017 Stella McCartney & Gucci.
Alexander McQueen and Pomellato are the Kering brands participating in the 2018 competition.
Laerdal Project , Norway Nov 2017 - Present
"Laerdal Project" is a Making programme working with the community and local artisans . Michelle Lowe-Holder is one of the artist / designers invited to this small remote village famous for its beauty, summer markets and luxury salmon fishing . Working in mediums such as knit , embroidery, weaving, wood burning and applique, the idea is to create , modernise, and collaborate with the local residents to create small artisanal businesses in handmade traditional crafts. A 3 part project over 12 months - including research trips to various Norwegian "Folk Museums" and 2 active on site workshops - All work will be exhibited in the "Kulterhuset Laerdal Gallery" and a catwalk show in late 2018.
UNIVERSITY OF VENICE COTTON FOR LIFE RECLAIM TO WEAR PROJECT , Italy FEB 10-13, 2017
Michelle Lowe-Holder was invited to present her work and hold a workshop at Venice University. Orsola de Castro and Filippo of Fashion Revolution organised a design student collaboration with Cotton for Life ,University of Venice and University of Egypt to create collections over the next year focusing on upcycling and sustainable awareness.
Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Collaboration, Norway JAN 2015 - Present
The collaboration between Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and Michelle Lowe-Holder began in January 2015. The mini-collection of knit patterns began from research at the Salhus Museum, Bergen. Bursting with colour and patterns it adheres to the traditional Norwegian pattterns while creating a modern aesthetic. The original shoot celebrates the vintage revival and underground movement of pin-up styles of the 1950's - a flourishing global sub-culture that embodies old school glamour happening today. In doing so, it simultaneously recognises the traditional knitwear business of times gone by while recalling the glory days of "kitsch" knit pattern photography. In 2017 Hillesvag recoloured some select pieces for updating and reselling in a shades of grey story.
Gjerdet Museum Project , Norway AUG - SEPT 2015
Multifaceted project involving research into the extensive textiles, crafts and historical journals left by the generations of the family who lived and worked in the now "Gjerdet Museum". Michelle Lowe-Holder designed a collection of products for the museum shop inspired by the history and heritage pieces with present craft skills. Additionally workshops were held for local high school students to make MLH jewelry created with local norwegian ribbons .
BYBLOS SS15 Accessory Collection , UK/Italy JUN - AUG 2014
Michelle Lowe-Holder designed bespoke BYBLOS accessories in collaboration with Manuel Facchini. Fabrics and colours from BYBLOS collection were transferred into MLH silhouettes and shapes creating an exclusive collection for SS15.
"REPLENISH " video for Italian Vogue OCT 2013 / Digital Published FEB 2014
The commissioned video was shot for Italian Vogue for the "Vogue Fashion Dubai " event. The conceptual idea was to portray MLH's studio work and “show sustainability rather than talk about it.” Using the familiar imagery of the ballerina inside a girl's jewellery box - and playing with the concepts of unravelling and regeneration - the video focuses on sustainable design as essential to the dialogue of beauty and the environment.
Video by Katy Davies / Model Elisa Wald-Lasowsky / Creative Direction Polly Penrose / Music by Billy Faithfull
See the video here at www.vogue.it
Fire-Up Grant / Project & Exhibition, UK SEPT 2013 - MAR 2014
Michelle Lowe-Holder was one of the designers awarded a "FIRE UP" grant by LCF to develop a 3D Print Design Project. In collaboration with Dr. Thomas Makryniotis, a researcher in 3D and virtual technologies at LCF’s Fashion Digital Studio and Professor Sandy Black. The idea was to develop a new bag concept through bio-mimicry and to create nylon printed nature-inspired bag frames mixed with textiles and hand finishing processes. The bags were exhibited at the Fire Up presentation and the 3D Print Show in London.
"Made in Osteroy" Project , Norway JUL 2013 - OCT 2013
“Made in Osteroy” was a collaboration between UK designer/makers and Norwegian artisans. Michelle Lowe-Holder collaborated with a weaver, knitter, furniture maker, ribbon maker and upholsterer, to produce a small collection of furniture / jewellry / knitwear and woven ribbon chair covers - All were displayed in the "Osteroy Museum" exhibition . As part of this project, MLH also conducted daily jewellery making workshops with local Norwegian high school students. These pieces were also displayed and for sale - all sold. See the video here: www.youtube.com
Nike Sustainability Collaboration , UK/USA JUN 2012 - JUL 2013
A year long project with LCF, CFS and NIKE – Working with Nike to develop an app that measures carbon footprint and environmental impact released in July 2013. Michelle Lowe-Holder / Christopher Raeburn / Matthew Miller & Alina Moat were invited to trial with the app in Portland and help form the development. Designers were also asked to mentor groups of students over a year to create sustainable designs with the app exhibited at the NIKE centre in Portland April 2013 / NIKE concept shop in London July 2013.
See the video here: www.youtube.com
M&S SWHOP LAB, UK APR - MAY 2012
M&S "SHWOP" collaboration with LCF / CFS and Oxfam, consisted of several designers including Michelle Lowe-Holder, Noel Stewart and Gary Harvey to design "upcycled" pieces for exhibition and hold workshops to help promote fashion recycling. The gallery space was covered with second hand clothes to demonstrate the amount of clothing thrown out in the UK each day. Joanna Lumley hosted its opening and the dialogue about clothing and fashion waste in the UK. Pieces made by each designer through recycling were exhibited in the gallery throughout the series of events.
SCIENCE MUSEUM LONDON - Lotto Lab, UK OCT 2011
Lotto Lab and the Science Museum workshop was a collaborative project hosted by the Lab of Misfits and Michelle Lowe-Holder. Using Beau Lotto's iconic colour dot theory ideas as a concept - this was translated into "make-your-own" DOT scarf experience and open to the public. The idea was that a dot scarf could be purchased with participants selecting their own additional coloured dots to be applied - creating individual and unique scarf designs while waiting, and touching upon colour theory and perception of colour in context.
Exclusive Collection for i-D 'Sustain' SEPT 2011
i-D magazine and CFS collaborated to create "iDSustain" a digital space featuring a designer each month over a year. The concept was dedicated to exploring the ‘modern artisan’ in the contemporary fashion industry, and how that role continues to evolve with the consistent development of the increasingly interconnected and commercial fashion market. The pieces were exclusively designed and created for the shoot by photographer Kerry Dean / creative director Alex McIntosh / Stylist Sam Willoughby
Go to i-D / i-Sustain feature
"The Believers" video SEPT 2011
The Believers is a fast growing art-meets-fashion platform founded in 2010 by La Fortuna Studio to support and connect the initiatives of international rising designers, brands and other entities that are defining the future of fashion. “Smashing Future Fashion” was a project presenting sustainable hand crafted couture. Michelle Lowe-Holder created two dresses that were featured in an art/fashion video which premiered at New York Fashion Week, Somerset House Cinema, and London Fashion Week.
See the video here: www.youtube.com
London boutique Darkroom invited Michelle Lowe-Holder to created unique one-off hand crafted pieces for the Africa exhibit in shop April 2010. The “Ribbon Reclaim” Autumn collection shown at London Fashion Week was re-interpreted in beautiful African print cottons mixed with colourful bright flocked hardware to set it off. Stylishly exhibited on signature black stands – all the pieces sold.
Topshop x Michelle Lowe-Holder MARCH 2006 - JAN 2007
In September 2006, one of Topshop brands buyers found herself “falling in love” with a Michelle Lowe-Holder hand painted range in a boutique in LA. A month later, MLH Studio was in meetings with Topshop to create a small jersey print line. Plans for a small t-shirt range were quickly abandoned for a full range of favourites from the previous main line collections over the course of 2006 with four capsule ranges.
The collection was sold in over 100 shops in the UK, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, and Kuwait.