Biography

 Self-portrait from 'Mr. Snippy' 2005 © Michael Roberts

Self-portrait from 'Mr. Snippy' 2005 © Michael Roberts

"One of the style gurus of modern times ... often described as 'visionary', the images he creates are powerfully provocative...
Fashion's most celebrated Renaissance man, Roberts has crossed style boundaries and blurred the edges of any job description. At any one time he has been a writer, stylist, photographer, illustrator, painter, video director, film maker and collagist. His genius leaps of imagination enable everything he touches and have earned him respect in the industry's upper echelons. His CV reads like a journalist's wish list." 
— Iain R. Webb

Michael Roberts' career began over forty years ago at The Sunday Times; he has since worked as a design director of British Vogue, Contributing Editor of Condé Nast Traveler, Paris Editor of Vanity Fair and Fashion Director & Art Director of Tatler. His most significant roles have been as Fashion Director of The New Yorker, a role specially created for him, and as Fashion & Style Director at Vanity Fair

Michael has produced many books of illustrations and photography, as well as frequent collaborations with Grace Coddington including her memoir and two volumes of her work, Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue and The American Vogue Years. He has written, co-produced and directed Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards, a drama documentary on the celebrated shoe designer Manolo Blahnik for whose book Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions he was the principal photographer. His collage ceiling commissioned for the London restaurant Sexy Fish sits alongside the work of Frank Gehry and Damien Hirst.

 

Books

Michael Roberts has written, illustrated, edited and contributed to numerous books. Following are some of the highlights. 

 

Collaborations

Michael has worked with a wide range of clients on a variety of collaborations, as well as commissions and inspiring people's own creativity. He's worked with clients including Marc Jacobs, Tod's, Gucci, Chanel, Saks Fifth Avenue, Roberto Cavalli, etc. Below are just a few examples of his work. 

Anna Wintour

One·T·Shirt

Michael has worked with designer Carlo Ninchi over several collections of limited edition T-shirts: 'Party Animals', 'Africa' and 'Fashionistas'. 

 © Mark Brumell

© Mark Brumell

Sexyfish

Michael was commissioned to design the interior carpets and ceilings of this opulent Mayfair restaurant. 

Leaf cutter

Bennison Fabrics

A selection of signature cut-outs appeared across this range for Bennison Fabrics, combining Michael's contemporary illustrations with Bennison's timeless quality.

Michael and Delilah

Ninivah Khomo

Michael's long-term friend frequently uses Michael's patterns, crafting limited edition designs in beautiful screen-printed fabrics.

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Halcyon Days

The 'Panthers' series used one of Michael's illustrations across a whole range of luxury gifts, accessories and fine bone china.

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Gucci

Following the success of Snowman in Paradise, Michael was commission to do a sequel for Gucci. The Snowman in Africa book and animation, alongside accompanying accessories including bags, keyrings, and wallets raised over $1m for Unicef.