Michael Van der Ham

DESIGNER NAME: Michael van der Ham

BACKGROUND: Born in The Netherlands. Michael graduated from the MA fashion course at Central Saint Martins. He has worked at Sophia Kokosalaki and Alexander McQueen.

SIGNATURES: “I like to mismatch different references in each item of clothing. My autumn/winter 2009 collection is a juxtaposition of elements from different decades in fashion. I made each dress like a 3D collage of clashing colours, textures, weights of fabric and cut.”

IDEAL CLIENT: “Someone who’s not afraid to wear something a little more bold.”

TRADEMARK PIECE: “Knitwear with chiffon tops and multi-fabricated dresses.”

THE COLLECTION: “Couture fabrics and shapes and deconstruction details.”

CULTURAL INFLUENCES: “In previous collections I have been inspired by various artists like Andy Warhol and Miro, but never in a literal way.”