Michel Lund was born in Copenhagen and in 1992 was the first Danish student to be accepted in the Masters of Art course at the Central Saint Martins School in London, under the wing of Louise Wilson. After completing his studies, he started working as a freelance textile designer with Balenciaga, where Josephus Thimister was creative director. In 1994, he was called over to New York to design the Ben Kahn collection of furs together with Nicolas Petrou, a project that earned him the cover of Women’s Wear Daily. In 1996, he was back in Paris, working as first assistant to Josephus Thimister, who opened his own maison in 1997 with the blessing of Vogue US, which described it as “the house of the future of haute couture”. In 2000, he moved over to Lanvin, where he worked first as creative assistant to Cristina Ortiz, then as a designer. In 2006, Cristina Ortiz brought him to Milan to design the Brioni women’s wear collection and also asked him to accompany her when she transferred to Salvatore Ferragamo in 2007, where he was subsequently appointed Head Designer for women’s wear by the new creative director Massimiliano Giornetti.