Michael Howells Has Passed Away
Sadness fell upon the creative industry yesterday as it was announced that prominent production designer and art director, Michael Howells, passed away at the mere age of 61. Tributes to the legendary visionary flooded social media with infamous photographer and long-life friend Nick Knight saying, "RIP Michael, your vision has made this world more beautiful"; something we can all be sure to agree on.
Howells was a man of many talents; with a career that spanned across film, fashion and theatre, he has been credited with envisioning some of the most mouth-dropping and memorable sets in his field. Associated with some of the biggest names in fashion, Howells has famously collaborated on sets for John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen. He has lent his creative mastermind to the advertising campaigns of global brands such as Dior and Louis Vuitton as well as being a contributor on numerous occasions of British vogue. Editor in Chief, Edward Enninful commented, "Not only was Michael Howells a genius, he was also a sweet and honourable man. I will miss his laughter".
On the performing arts front, Howells has completed the sets for productions including Bright Young Things with close friend Stephen Fry; Shackleton, About Time Too and most recently, ITV’s Victoria. His theatre contributions include MSM/DV8 Physical Theatre at the Royal Court, Towards Poetry for the Royal Ballet and numerous other classics. He won the Isabella Blow British Fashion Creator of the Year Award 2007 and the Prix d’Excellence de la Mode, for his work with Galliano in the same year; and was nominated for many more prestigious awards.
He leaves an incredible legacy behind him; a true testament to the creative genius he was.