Michael Cepress


Creating garments that people can truly LIVE with…wash, wear, sweat on, love in, dance in… is an amazingly exciting proposition to me, and it’s the one I plan to spend the rest of my life investigating.



Holding a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in Fibers from the University of Washington,Cepress has worked professionally as a designer and educator for 10 years. An intense interest in the male wardrobe and tailoring traditions has led Cepress to focus on the design and production of menswear and theatrical costume, and he has written on clothing’s relationship to gender and popular culture. An Instructor in the University of Washington’s School of Art, he has developed curriculum on multiple facets of fashion design, wearable art and the history of style and clothing.  Cepress is seeing attention worldwide. Reaching beyond the bounds of fashion, Cepress’ work has traveled internationally as part of art and fashion exhibitions in London, Athens, Luxembourg and Antwerp and Germany. He has worked as costume designer for productions with director Robert Wilson, and his costumes and fashion collections continue to see attention with publication in the New York Times, FiberArts Magazine, DANCE Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan and multiple books on the subject of wearable art. He is co-producer and Costume Designer for the celebrated Robbie Turner Revue at Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.  Also working as Guest Curator at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Cepress is assembling a large scale fashion exhibition to premiere in Fall 2015.

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Clothes for Cepress are culturally coded expressions of rarified desire. His work is rooted in the 19th-century conception of the dandy, a type Charles Baudelaire commended as ‘sublime without interruption,’ he who ‘lives and sleeps before a mirror.’
– Regina Hackett, Art Critic, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Counterculture meets haute couture is where you will find Seattle-based designer Michael Cepress. Drawing from remarkably similar traditions that celebrate material splendor, honor handcraft, and defy convention, Cepress has cultivated a signature voice in the field of fashion that brings together ideology and aesthetic. In an industry that prioritizes obsolete over heirloom, disguise over transparency, Cepress counters with designs that speak to world-making through hand-making, bringing a bit of humanity back to fashion, one hand-stitch at a time.
– Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft

He is an artist and a craftsman, and one who gets the cultural and historical messages clothing can send…
– Ries Niemi, Artist