MICHAEL VAN DER MEIDE is a Dutch fashion label by fashion designer Michael van der Meide in Rotterdam since 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.
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. Skydivers atelier Caroline Suits taught him everything he wanted to know about the skydiving world, production, design of freely suits and formation suits. Aziz Bekkaoui taught him the importance of clean cut in production of couture.
Michael is a poet. He is inspired by nature, the elements, light/dark, movement and transformation. He observes everything and looks at people in the way they dress, move and behave. He is very intuitive when it comes to shape, colour, texture and materials. He plays with the dynamic of fabric to create movement, he constructs through lightness and fluidity. He is a searcher for total purity in form…