Michelle Ochs

Founder and Creative Director, Michelle Ochs is renowned for her stunning vision of shape, treatment of color and her precise approach on pattern. Michelle spearheads her new brand Et Ochs, with a modern design ethos. Her collections exude sensuality and elegance while fusing a modern touch—striking the perfect balance of contrast: light vs dark, feminine vs masculine, soft vs sharp.


Inspired by imagery that comes from exuberant shapes, artfully sculptural lines, and geometric architecture, Michelle introduces a masterfully tailored collection that achieves a perfect fit for the female body while embracing a sensual, modern approach.


Michelle attended Parsons School of Design where she received her BA in Fashion Design. In 2007 she was awarded Designer of the Year. In 2008, she co-founded the eponymous label Cushnie et Ochs in New York City.

During her tenure Michelle achieved both commercial and editorial success. She was winner of the Ecco Domani Award in 2009, the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in 2010, finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2011, and a nominee for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear 2012. In addition, Michelle is featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 and has been an active member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).


For over a decade, under Michelle Ochs‘s creative direction, Cushnie et Ochs became known for its impeccable fit and sexy minimalist sensibility. Worn by influential women including Michelle Obama, Gal Gadot, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez, among many others.