About MICHAEL CEPRESS
Michael Cepress is an American Artist, Curator, and Educator. A deep passion for the cultural impact clothing and fashion can make has led Cepress to focus on the design of his own fashion label and costumes for theatre and stage performance. Cepress has exhibited his works and lectured nationally and internationally as an authority on the historical importance of fashion as an art form. In 2015, he became Guest Curator at the Bellevue Arts Museum, and debuted a 9000-square-foot museum exhibition titled "Counter-Couture," featuring over 150 authentic garments from the American counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2017 Counter-Couture will be showcased at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
He has dressed the Seattle Symphony Orchestra for their performances at Carnegie Hall, and has worked as costume designer with legendary theatre director Robert Wilson. His work has been published in The New York Times, VOGUE, NY Magazine, The New Yorker, Women's Wear Daily, Huffington Post, OUT Magazine, Surface Design Journal, and a host of books on the subject of Wearable Art and Fashion Design.
An Instructor in the University of Washington's School of Art for 11 years, he has created curriculum on multiple facets of Fashion Design, Wearable Art, and the history of style and clothing. In Summer 2016 Cepress was a guest instructor at the Penland School of Crafts, and in May 2016 was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his hometown of Wausau, Wisconsin.