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Michelle
ELIE

An audience with an audacious dresser.
Words by Rosalind Jana. Photography by Dennis Weber. Hair & Makeup by Taii Schmoll.

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  • Issue 44

An audience with an audacious dresser.
Words by Rosalind Jana. Photography by Dennis Weber. Hair & Makeup by Taii Schmoll.

For Michelle Elie, fashion is a matter of life and death. When she gave birth to her eldest son, she carefully deliberated over what fabric to swaddle him in. She’s already planning her burial outfit. The Haitian-born, Cologne-based jewelry designer, editor and model is one of those rare people whose approach to dress is characterized not just by pleasure, but by absolute devotion.

Elie is best known for her extensive Comme des Garçons collection. She bought her first piece in New York in 1992 when she landed a beauty campaign with Maybelline. Several years later, after moving to Germany with her husband, she acquired another piece from Rei Kawakubo’s now-renowned 1997 collection Body Meets Dress, Dress Meets Body. In more recent years, Elie has become a remarkable fixture on the fashion circuit: lauded not only for her jaw-dropping style but for her

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four

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