Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Tina Turner and a galaxy of pop culture’s supernovas owe a flash of their sparkle to Michael Schmidt, whose imaginative, provocative costumes and accessories are innovations in craftsmanship and materials—as disparate as plastic Legos, razor blades, Swarovski Elements and sterling silver links. This spring the Los Angeles designer made history with the world’s first fully articulated 3D-printed work of fashion. Realized with architect Francis Bitonti and 3D-printing pioneers Shapeways, the sensuous piece of haute technology was custom made for burlesque icon Dita Von Teese and hand finished in downtown Los Angeles-based Schmidt Studios with more than 12,000 jet Swarovski crystals.
Michael will talk about the 3D printing revolution and his storied, three-decade career with yours truly, on stage in the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this Wednesday, June 12. The evening program marks the West Coast unveiling of his groundbreaking 3D-printed work and a short film about its making, along with a look at the truly iconic and influential works by this artisan, costume designer and installation artist. Among the highlights are his the award-winning documentary on his landmark New York nightclub, Squeezebox; his Emmy-nominated costumes for Cher; and his large-scale interior installations for hotels, nightclubs and other public environs; and as special projects designer for Los Angeles-based luxury house Chrome Hearts.
Following the presentation, there will be a Swarovski-sponsored party in the LACMA courtyard showcasing a half dozen of Michael’s works generously loaned for the one-night only installation by Rhianna, Cher, Debbie Harry and Madonna (Michael has collaborated with legendary costume designer Arianne Phillips on Madonna’s last four tours). The 3D gown created for Dita will also be exhibited. (And it must be seen up close to be believed!) There will also be a rare trunk show of Michael’s jewelry collection at the LACMA store from 6 to 9 p.m.
The evening, which gets underway ith check-in at 6:30 p.m., is the year-end program for LACMA’s Costume Council, and expected to sell out. So get your tickets now. I’d love to see the place filled because Michael’s story is so incredible to know.
Photo Courtesy Albert Sanchez
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