Michael Angelo ~ Founder, Creative Director
Supermodels and celebrities come to Michael Angelo because, well, he makes them look and feel like supermodels and celebrities. The secret is this: that’s why everyone else comes to him, too. Whether you are Agyness Deyn or a visitor from Alabama, when you walk out of Wonderland, you will look and feel ready for a red carpet. Whether he’s preparing you for a Vogue cover shoot or a night out on the town, Michael approaches each cut, color and makeup application as he is creating an artwork. His extraordinary talent, discerning eye and warm personality make everyone who walks through his doors feel as though they are bringing their own personal fantasy to life. This is his gift. He shares it generously and with love.
Michael’s press accolades span the globe. Allure‘s Directory featured Michael’s haircutting skills on the front page of their Little Black Book, celebrating his “fastidious technique” and “the most face-flattering cuts this side of the looking glass”. T: The New York Times Style Magazine raved “the colorist of choice … for his magical highlights.” British Elle has called his work “perfection.” He has been dubbed “white hot” by Daily Candy and he has caught fire in Asia, with Japan’s Madame Figaro, Bob and Maquia, and Korea’s Anan all featuring him as one of the best stylists in the world. Vogue Brasil called Michael a “star” and Italian Flair dubbed him a “beauty guru.” Michael served for three years as an Atelier Director for Shu Uemura Art of Hair.
His work has been captured by photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Mark Seliger, Russell James, and Inez and Vinoodh, and has appeared on the covers and in the pages of nearly every major fashion magazine, including Vogue, Elle, Allure, V and Numero. Michael regularly works with agencies such as Women, Marilyn, One Model Management and Next, and has worked on campaigns for Pantene, L’Oreal and Revlon.
He has worked with celebrities, musicians, actors and supermodels, such as Helena Christensen, Susan Sarandon, Alan Cumming, Bette Midler, Carmen Kass, Anja Rubik, Devon Aioki, Elettra Wiedemann, Lydia Hearst, Angella Lindvall, Dita von Teese, Noot Seear, Brooklyn Decker, Selita Ebanks, Filippa Hamilton, Valentina Zelyaeva, Alexandra Richards, Patty Hansen, Robyn, Beyoncé, and Scissor Sister’s Ana Matronic.
Michael is also an ardent supporter of human rights and an accomplished photographer. His first exhibit, The Lipstick Portraits, debuted at 401 Projects and was praised by Interview, The Daily Beast, The Village Voice, Change.org and Vogue Italia. Proceeds from print sales supported the Somaly Mam Foundation, a charity he works tirelessly to support.
Michael has also gained international acclaim within the design world for his creation of Wonderland. His work has been featured in books and magazines such as Elle Décor (Hong Kong), Elle Decoration (U.K.), Spas (Loft Publications, Italy), and:Guide New York, and an eight-page profile in Case da Abitare (Italy). His collection of the world’s first scratch-n-sniff wallcoverings for Flavor Paper, called “The Fruit Cocktail Collection,” benefited the Human Rights Campaign and is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Michael lives in Chelsea with his husband Scott, a Ph.D. candidate in theology, their giant Maine Coon cat, Blue, and their tiny Toy Fox Terrier, Bartleby.