A production designer and art director working both in film and in fashion, Michael Howells is credited with realising some of the most spectacular and ambitious sets in either field. Closely aligned with many of the highest-profile practitioners in fashion, Howells has designed numerous sets for John Galliano's Christian Dior and eponymous fashion shows; Howells has also realised catwalk presentations for Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen.
Creative relationships with photographers Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier and particularly a longstanding collaboration with Nick Knight, have seen Howells create sets for many of the major advertising campaigns, including those for Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior.
Howells is equally acclaimed for his work in the performing arts. His career in film boasts production design for titles including 'Bright Young Things' with Stephen Fry, 'Shackleton' with Charles Sturridge, 'About Time Too' and 'Miss Julie' with Mike Figgis, 'An Ideal Husband', 'Emma' starring Gwyneth Paltrow and 'Nanny McPhee' starring Emma Thompson. Howells' theatre design credits include MSM/DV8 Physical Theatre at The Royal Court, 'Towards Poetry' for The Royal Ballet, 'Derdemon' for the Statsoper, Berlin, 'Julius Tomb’ for Mark Baldwin Company and 'Constant Speed' celebrating Einstein's Centenary for the Rambert Ballet, 2005.
Such diverse projects have led to an array of additional projects ranging from producing Kate Moss' 30th birthday 'The Beautiful & The Damned' to an imaginative strand of the interior of Comme des Garcons' Dover Street Market to set design for a Gwen Stefani's 'Love. Angel. Music. Baby' video.
Howells' exhibitions include Ferragamo's Cinderella (1998) at the Florence Biennale and 'Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones' exhibition at the V&A (2009). In 2007 Howells won the Prix d'Excellence de la Mode in Paris and the first Isabella Blow award for Fashion Creator of the Year from the British Fashion Council.