Aug 1, 2014

5 Questions For: Michael Cepress, Michael Cepress Studio

Photo by Nate Gowdy

Name: Michael Cepress
Title: Designer and owner      
Company: Michael Cepress Studio

Which of your designs or projects are you most excited about right now and why?
I am beyond thrilled to be on board as the designer of The Robbie Turner Revue—a brand-new show that rising-star performer Robbie Turner and I are creating for Hard Rock Seattle’s beautiful downtown venue. The show premiers this September and we are doing all we can to make sure it is one of the most exciting shows this town has seen.

And for the bigger picture, I am working tirelessly with the Bellevue Arts Museum as the curator of a fashion exhibition titled, Counter Couture: Fashion and Style in the American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit is scheduled for late next year and will be a major showcase of the most amazing clothes to come out of the hippie counterculture. More psychedelic-ized style and cosmic craft than you could ever imagine being in one place at one time.

Tell us three words that embody your design philosophy.
Authenticity. History. Soul.

What's your favorite place in the Pacific Northwest and why?
My studio. This is my sanctuary of creativity, idea-making, forming relationships, and finding peace. I am endlessly happy there.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?
This changes for me often, but currently I am inspired by the costume design of television specials from the 1970s. Bold production numbers, bright lights, and some of the most dynamic talent imaginable on one stage—each and every one of them [the following costume designers] a triple threat. Mitzi Gaynor, Bob Mackie, Sonny and Cher…they really knew how to do it up right.

What do you think of the color gray?
The color gray is all about context. It is here to let us see other colors in new ways, bringing richness and power to every other color in the spectrum. 

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