By Norman Mayers
Attempting to describe Mikel Kilgour is quite a daunting task. Throughout his life the man has worn many hats and continues to defy description. Fine Artist. Fashion Designer. Conceptual Art Director. Interior Designer. Writer. Lecturer. Model Scout. Image Maker. He is a great many things but he is never dull, predictable, or forgettable. From designing the red carpet attire of everyone from Magic Johnson to Will Smith to assisting minority fashion models with their first chance at success, Mikel is involved in all aspects of the creative world. His influences and inspirations read like an encyclopedia of tastemakers, the avant-garde, and the influential: Alek Wek, Naomi Campbell, Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, Pablo Picasso, Yves St. Laurent, Salvador Dali, Richard Avedon, Basquiat, Nina Simone, the Smashing Pumpkins, Herb Ritts, Christian Dior. To look into his achievements is to look into the life of a true artist.