Greek born Michail Sykianakis moved to London at the age of 19 to follow his secret dream to be a fashion designer. He was accepted at the prestigious Central Saint Martins and in 1996 graduated the BA Hons in womenswear. Michail went on to assist designers Matthew Williamson, Julien Mc Donald, Sophia Kokosalaki and briefly freelanced for Alexander McQueen before becoming Senior designer for the Max Azria runway line in Los Angeles.
Under Max Azria, Michail’s skill for draping was quickly utilized to create styles for Hollywood celebrities on the red carpet, such as, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Zoe Zaldana, Camilla Belle, Rachel Bilson and many more.
In 2014 Michail Sykianakis created his own brand, realizing his long standing dream. British Actress Lily Collins chose to wear a Michail Sykianakis dress for the premiere of ‘City of Bones’ in Mexico.
As a freelance designer Michail worked directly with Alexander McQueen on both runway and production pieces. He created draped looks both for runway shows, as well as designed pieces to be produced for retail. He created a number of pieces for two runway collections, worn by celebrities such as Kate Beckinsale, Cate Blanchet and Janet Jackson.
One of the pieces created for the runway became a part of the McQueen exhibition “Savage Beauty” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.