Olivia Garden Educator
Staten Island, NY
Michelle Swiney, a New York native studied at The Enid Beauty College, and New York Beauty School and achieved a diploma of the highest level. Michelle knew at the early age of 15 what she wanted to do; hair! After working in Corporate America for over 15 years and doing what she loved part time. Michelle decided to become a full time stylist in 2001 working at various salons. This leap in faith Michelle opened her own salon in Brooklyn, NY and worked with top creative teams in the industry. In 2010 this landed her an opportunity to work as an assistant stylist under a thriving artist, Mathew Curtis owner of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Hoar Cross Hall Spa and the Rosewood Salon London, UK during NewYork Fashion Week whom became her mentor.
Michelle has progressed to creating looks for shoots and shows during New York Fashion Week to working in film, and has built an impressive portfolio and client list of leading names in fashion, film, and music as one of the industry’s most in-demand hair styling team. A large portion of Michelle’s career is dedicated to session styling. Through a combination of networking, persistance and of course talent, Michelle has progressed from assistant to lead stylist, working on runway shows in New York. A regular at New York Fashion Week, Michelle and the Matthew Curtis Creative Team have been heading up teams backstage since 2010, creating looks for some of the most iconic and influential designers such as Ted Baker, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Marc Jacobs, KYE, Jad Ghandour and Alice & Olivia by Stacey Bendet to name a few.
Michelle’s collaborations with creative stylist and photographers has been featured in the World Bride Magazine, Germanys Gala Magazine, BG Magazine, EC., Alice & Olivia; E-Commerce and Lookbook, music videos with music Legend Nile Rodgers of Chic. Publications in Vimeo, Fashion 360, Noir Tribe Media, E! Channel Fashion Police, Online magazines such as: Elle Magazine, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan.
Michelle’s creativity is solely credited to her passion and enthusiasm for hair, and working with others in the industry.