Mikael Vilchez was born in Geneva (Switzerland) on June 17, 1990. From a very young age he feels the need to express himself through drawings, photography and videos (the image), as well as through his body, or objects he creates.
Questioning gender and stereotypes has always been an inspiration in his work. What differentiates male from female? What is virility? How will men define masculinity in the coming decades? In all cases, transgressions of genders and subcultures create emotions, and the idea of making this a style stimulates him..
Mikael always has a 360-interdisciplinary approach in his projects. He needs to make his own pictures and videos; a strong cinematographic and visual orientation is omnipresent and emphasized in all his work.
After obtaining his Bachelor degree in 2014, Mikael decides to go to Paris to work for the womenswear design department of Balenciaga.
In June 2015 Mikael receives the Swiss Design Award for his BA collection entitled My masculine model is a woman, a menswear collection that was inspired by his grand-mother.
In June 2017, he receives again the Swiss Design Award for his MA first year’s collection: Summer 16-17. The collection is based on his peruvian /latinos origins through jeans and t-shirts, and addresses the stereotypical perception of the ‘latino masculinity’.
Mikael graduates in the same month, completing his Master degree at HEAD-Genève, and wins the Mercedes Prize during the fashion show of the school for his collection Forbidden Denimeries in October 2017. The jury was directed by Serge Ruffieux, artistic director of Carven.