MICHAEL CEPRESS
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VOGUE

"The exhibit “Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture,” at the Museum of Arts and Design, celebrates this incredible moment in the history of fashion. The minute you arrive on the fourth floor and hear Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane singing, “One generation got old, one generation got soul, this generation got no destination to hold, pick up the cry!” you are reminded that this revolution was taking place not just in closets, but in the streets. Whether you were spending your days protesting the Vietnam War or just lolling around getting high and thinking about communes and karma, you were likely dressing in outfits your parents could not have imagined in their worst nightmares." - VOGUE.com


the NEW york times styles

Video Interview and Gallery Tour of "Counter-Couture" with Curator Michael Cepress
Museum of Arts & Design - March 2, 2017

 

Women's wear daily

“This show, it’s like it’s a lesson book for what we can do now,” Cepress says. “Imagine what would happen if everyone got rid of that really predictable side of their lives, and started to really use clothes as a way to not just express yourself but nurture yourself.”

 

PAPER Magazine

Counter-Couture, celebrates those who wore their rebellion on their sleeve in the best in of handmade hippie fashion, donned by those who rejected the materialist vortex of the American Dream. Not only is the workmanship alone unbelievably intricate but each piece was sewed, embroidered, quilted or tie-dyed with patriarchal protest in mind – a DIY revolution in it's own right....

"I've had this fascination my whole life about this other place that I myself didn't live in, that I feel connected to. I hit the ground and realized this work is out there in the world so I made it my goal to find it and meet the artists and learn their stories."


i-D MAGAZINE

“This show, it’s like it’s a lesson book for what we can do now,” Cepress says. “Imagine what would happen if everyone got rid of that really predictable side of their lives, and started to really use clothes as a way to not just express yourself but nurture yourself.”


SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL

"According to Cepress, the intent of Counter-Couture is to inspire the next generation of makers through the passion and creativity of the past.  To the counterculture, hand-making and wold-making were concurrent forces, and the fashions of Counter-Couture symbolize a social and cultural revolution crafted into a wearable form."
Surface Design Journal, Winter 2015/2016
Review by Sarah Margolis-Pineo


SURFACE DESIGN JOURNAL
MICHAEL CEPRESS: MENSWEAR WITH MEANING

"Equally powerful as a force for change in our relationship to clothing - especially for men - is the ever-growing youth movement associated with craft DIY, and sustainability.  Within these circles, everyday life - including one's sartorial style - is embraced as a creative act and visible sign of allegiance to an artful way of bring in the world.  Artist and designer Michael Cepress stands at the intersection of these remarkable developments with his unique vision for men's fashion."

Surface Design Journal, Spring 2013
Article by Elissa Auther