Michael Alan Stein – Two Decades in American Fashion

City: Chicago

Michael Alan Stein is a costume designer and the chief fashion designer of the eponymous Michael Alan Stein Collection; a prestige, ready-to-wear women’s apparel line launched in spring 2012.
A career spanning more than two decades, Stein’s costume designs have graced many premiere stages across the United States including: the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; Steppenwolf and Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL; Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC and the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT. On stage, screen and personal appearance, his designs have been worn by such celebrated artists as: Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Jane Seymour, Erykah Badu, Jennifer Holiday and Elizabeth Berkley.

Stein is the recipient of many awards and honors including, a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts and he was recently listed by Fashion-Schools.org as number seventy on the top 100 Most Influential Fashion Designers of 2012. In addition to his stage and film work, he has also designed special projects for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, NYC and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Co.

Now, after many years at the forefront of costume design, he has returned to his roots and created the Michael Alan Stein Collection; a modern group of forward-looking dresses and separates which seamlessly merge his professional background and understanding of the sophisticated woman’s desire for comfortably stylish clothing. Stein happily shares, “The collection is about fabulous fit and rich color. I only use the best fabrics and my clothes are proudly made in the USA.”

On February 14, 2012, Michael Alan Stein presented his fall collection during New York Fashion Week. The response from press, buyers and fashionistas has been a unified, thumbs up. One such review came from The Wall Street Journal, who aptly deemed him the “sleek assassin,” noting the clothes precision cuts and streamlined curve consciousness. From the theatre to the runway and to the street, Stein brands every project with his distinct sensibility and signature design aesthetic.
Michael Alan Stein, a fresh voice in the legacy of great American fashion.