Michael Schmidt is a wardrobing and jewelry designer based in Los Angeles, California.
Known for his work in a variety of innovative materials, Michael's studio produces pieces for some of today's most exciting performers, cultural institutions and pubic meeting spaces around the world.
He has collaborated with icons including Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga, Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Steven Tyler, Deborah Harry, Ozzy Osborne, Tina Turner (to name a few) to create costumes that have appeared in books, videos, album covers and magazines photographed by the likes of Annie Liebovitz, Steven Meisel, David LaChappelle, Greg Gorman, Herb Ritts and Francesco Scacullo.
In 2010 The prestigious Pasadena Museum of California Art honored Michael with a career retrospective. A number of his pieces are on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. In Addition, he is proud to have had a dress, created Deborah Harry of Blondie of over 3500 razor blades, on display in the "Rock Style" exhibit at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Since 2001 he has been designing an exclusive collection of jewelry, clothing, bags and furniture for the luxury goods firm Chrome Hearts.
At Gold Bug, Michael launched his first solo jewelry collection, incorporating many of the materials and techniques employed for his celebrity clientele over the years. Comprised of stainless steel chain-maille and Swarovski crystal mesh, the pieces in this collection utilizes unique tooling and innovative construction methods requiring that each piece be hand-crafted by artists in his Los Angles studio.