Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Man Behind the Curtain

They say it's the singer, not the song, but when it comes to fashion shows and photography, the setting is crucial to communicating and delivering the correct emotion and tone.

Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood may have won the sexier, higher-profile honors, but at last night's British Fashion Awards, Michael Howells won the inaugural Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. The award was created in memory of the idiosyncratic muse and fashion icon who died last May.

The title "Fashion Creator" seems bespoke for Howells, whose body of work transcends set design. A short list of his accomplishments includes production design for film, theatre, and advertising.

In whatever incarnation they may come--makeup artist, stylist, producer, or art director--the "fashion creator" has as much responsibility for the ultimate success of the designer's product as those in more visible, glamorous positions. It is this fashion creator who visualizes and articulates the look, and Howells has one long and ingenious vision.

One can imagine that Blow would be honored to have Howells as the premier recipient of this accolade.

Link: Portfolio of Howells' work

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm not at all familiar with Howells work but the link you provided gives reason for his success at the BFAs.

Thanks for linking to Male-Mode!