MICHAEL VAN DER MEIDE is a Dutch fashion label founded by fashion designer Michael van der Meide in Rotterdam the 1st. of January 2004.

Just three more miles to go… his first independent collection launched at the prestigious Hyeres Festival May 2004. With this poetic collection of draped vintage parachute dresses which transform by wind Michael won two Awards the HENRI BENDEL Award (New York) and PUNTOSETA Award (Como) that helped him to launch his Label. With the PUNTOSETA team Michael collaborated on many unique high level textile collections… which can be seen in all his stories…

Michael started to study to become a classic tailor at the Tailoringschool in the Hague specialised in menswear when he was only seventeen. After he got his degree he went to Charles Montaigne (AMFI) a re-knowned Fashion Academy in Amsterdam where he became a fashion designer and specialised in womenswear. Michael trained his technical, design and presentation skills with the British ‘Queen of Punk’ Vivienne Westwood, he did research for the conceptual Hussein Chalayan. Dutch Couturier Frans Molenaar learned him how to be a fashion designer and Frank Govers taught him how to embroider couture dresses and make a big impression with your work. Aziz Bekkaoui taught him the importance of clean cut in production…

Michael is a poet. He is inspired by light/dark, movement and transformation. He looks at people in the way they dress, behave and move, nature, the elements. He is very intuitive when it comes to shape, colour, texture and materials. He constructs through lightness and fluidity and continues to search for total purity in form…