Michelle May is an award winning Costume Designer with over 20 years experience working in commercials, television and film.
After graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in Costume Design in 1994, Michelle began her costume career in theatre and TV, working on various productions including stints at Eastenders and Brookside before moving into commercials where she has worked successfully for a number of years. She has twice won the coveted Craft Award for Best Costume, in 2016 for her work on the IKEA Wonderful Everyday commercial directed by Gary Freedman at Independent. Her first Craft Award win was in 2010 for her designs on the ‘Always A Woman’ John Lewis commercial directed by Dougal Wilson at Blink.
Michelle’s features experience began assisting on LOVE HONOUR & OBEY (directed by Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis) featuring Jude Law, Sadie Frost and Jonny Lee Miller. She has since designed short films THE DEALER with Ben Dawkins and GEOFFREY’S BELT with Tom Bacon (Ill Manors). Most recently Michelle designed the short TOUCHPAPER directed by Patrick Hopkins and featuring Morgan Watkins (Kingsman, Suffragette) and David Wilmot (Ripper St, Black Sails).
Michelle’s commercial portfolio includes collaborations with some of the worlds most lauded and successful directors including Dougal Wilson, Sam Brown, Ivan Zacharias, Joachim Back, David Shane, Tom Green and Gary Freedman to name a few. Michelle has designed a huge number of high profile commercial campaigns with world-renowned brands including John Lewis, Ikea, Heineken, Kronenburg, Audi and Nike.
Ed St Giles
Jon Yeo & Hywell Williams
Big Red Button
Misha Manson – Smith
Nicolas Perez Veiga
Jeff Goldblum, David Walliams, Eric Cantona, Gillian Anderson, Tom Hiddleston, Ray Winston, Zawe Ashton,