one costume at a time.
Hi, my name is Michele, and I create characters through costume design.
I was born in Mexico and raised by an amazing multicultural family who came from different corners of Mexico and the world, so at an early age I was exposed to different languages, cultures and food. I'm fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and French.
I studied Fashion Design in Rome, Italy at the Istituto Europeo de Design and worked in the fashion industry as a head designer for a pronto moda firm in Rome before and after I graduated. While in Rome, I had the opportunity to design costumes for a small film directed by Mauro Borrelli. I enjoyed so much creating characters and story telling through Costume Design, that it became my passion. This led to my first official position as wardrobe costumer on Francis Ford Coppola’s, “The Godfather: Part III at Cinecitta Studios.
I have designed and illustrated costumes for many successful films, popular television shows, and commercials, contemporary, period and futuristic. Over the years, I've had the honor to work with wonderfully talented actors and directors, some times more than once.
The list includes: Jaimie Alexander, Genesis Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendez, Alana de la Garza, Rachel Ticotin, Megan Goone, Regina Hall, Mariska Hargitay, Wynona Ryder, Catherine Keener, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sophia Coppola, Bridget Fonda, Raquel Welch, Wanda de Jesus, Pilar Padilla, Michele Nordin, Portia de Rossi, Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Geoffrey Blake, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Trevor Donovan, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow , Arnold Scharzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Terrence Howard, Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Skeet Ulrich, Alfred Molina, Corey Stoll, Peter Stormare, Emile Hirsch, Hugh Laurie, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, Geoff Stults, Steve Coogan, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Adrian Brody, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Willem Dafoe, Peter Coyote, Peter Facinelli, Bruce McGill, Jeffrey Donovan, James Spader, Jee-woon Kim, David Ayer, Jieho Lee, James Foley, Francis Ford Coppola, Mauro Borrelli, Rod Holcomb, Rowdy Herrington, Ken Loach, F. Gary Gray, Rob Lieberman, Luis Mandoki, Frank Coraci, Antoine Fucqua, Alison Burnett, Mauro Borrelli, Simon Bros, Frank Gardoni, Roland Joffé, Matt Cooper, Michael Mann, Adam Bernstein,
I live in the Los Angeles Hills, near the - HOLLYWOOD - Sign.
I'm a proud member of the prestigious Costume Designers Guild.
In addition to Costume Design I also like to write screenplays. At the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, I was awarded the Hartley-Merrill International Screen Writing prize for “A Second Chance”.
My real name is Michele Michel, no kidding. I did not invent it, and I do explain this every day.