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Priscilla Royer, artistic director

Priscilla Royer, creative director

Priscilla Royer portrait by Karl Lagerfeld

“Hat is the New Tattoo.”

Priscilla Royer has been Creative Director at Maison Michel since the Fall-Winter 2015 season. Having studied at Studio Berçot in Paris she moved to London to work at Vivienne Westwood in 2007. Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler quickly put her in charge of the Red Label.

After five years in London, Priscilla Royer returned to Paris. Accompanied by her sister and a friend, she founded Pièce d’Anarchive. This house of high-end ready-to-wear stood out for its original and immaculately tailored collections, fusing Anglo-Saxon defiance with the classicism of French savoir-faire. Priscilla Royer worked in close collaboration with Paolo Roversi who photographed the brand from the beginning. Its meticulous daring was rapidly remarked upon and rewarded: Pièce d’Anarchive won the ANDAM award for best First Collection in 2012. The label closed its doors in 2014, after collaborating with the visual artist Jean-Pierre Raynaud for their final collection.

Soon afterwards, Priscilla Royer was appointed creative director of Maison Michel. Over the collections, the designer has taken a pragmatic approach to creating headpieces, from shaped hats to cut-and-sewn hats to jewelled headdresses. Shrugging off any preconceptions, her hats are all about style. The creative director uses yesterday’s savoir-faire to write a story for tomorrow, imbuing everyday life with a special form of beauty. In doing so, she has transformed the atelier into a creative laboratory, endlessly testing and developing innovative techniques, such as the foldable straws and rain-resistant felts.