BIOGRAPHY

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Michael Casey knew from an early age that he would be involved in Fashion Design, and for twenty years he fulfilled that dream with his highly acclaimed line, Michael Casey Couture, for which he was CEO, CFO, Designer and Salesman. Until its closing in April of 2005, his company produced high-end women's eveningwear, suites, bridal gowns, and other special occasion dresses while generating sales of up to three million dollars per year through major shores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom., as well as specialty boutiques throughout the United States and Canada. In 1987, Michael won the Absolut Golden Shears Award and was nominated again for an unprecedented second time in 1999.  Michael also served as Interim Design Consultant for San Carlin for their 2004 collection and branded/designed two divisions for Elfworks/Hexa, a startup knitwear firm based in Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Michael's creations have been hailed for the pure sense of drama that he incorporates into every detail of his collections, due in no small part to his work as a costume designer for such world-famous theatrical companies as Radio City Music Hall, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco's American Contemporary Theatre (ACT) and The Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles. In 1999, Michael was commissioned by Lucasfilm to recreate Queen Amidala's costumes from Star Wars: Episode One, which were displayed at the film's Paris Premiere as well as at Galeries Lafayette, Stockholm and Disney-MGM Studios.

 

Since 2007, MIchael has been teaching at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, teaching courses in Fashion History, Special Occasion Design and Photoshop. He is currently the Assistant Chair of the Fashion Department.