Misha Kaura is an emerging couturier, producer, and commercial designer with a science background. After spending eight years in top pharmaceutical laboratories inventing a nutritional supplement made from thermophilic anaerobes and selling rights to a major pharmaceutical company, Misha decided to shift gears and focus on ultra-luxurious, designed consumer goods with the same research-driven energy. A formally trained couturier, Misha believes in a 360-degree approach to 'wellness fashion' whereby clients are appreciated holistically to solve aesthetic problems efficiently and effectively. She presents her couture collections each season at Paris Fashion Week and her prêt à porter shows off-calendar and digitally at exotic locations worldwide.
Misha's academic research work endeavours to systematise participatory fashion research and to organise fashion systems of thought via quantifying fashion research methods and conducting fashion-science projects that are submitted to peer-reviewed academic publications. Misha views her real-world couture practice as a 'living laboratory' where she can test drive her fashion research ideas on her clients in an interactive and collaborative manner, allowing them to unleash maximum attractiveness efficiently and effectively. Her style can best be described as 'scientific fashion for quaintrelles,' with maximalist embroidered seasonal collections and minimalist permanent prêt engineered to make real world women look fabulous. In addition to researching and designing ultra-luxurious pieces for private clients, Misha is the Founder and Chief Artistic Officer of a design-focused holding company that markets, distributes, and manages all of her creative endeavours. Her awards include Forbes 30 Under 30, Vogue Talent, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Paris Fashion Week One to Watch, Fashion Design Platinum Award, Hive Global Fellow, StartingBloc Fellow, Debutante of the Year, Miss Utah, and membership in a number of elite fashion groups and fashion sustainability councils. She gave her first TEDx talk in 2016, at age 23, on the importance of teledermatology to close the dermatologic and dermatogenetic care access gap, and is pleased to deliver another TEDx talk on the future of evidence-based fashion design.
Educated in microbiology, medical research, philosophy, design, law, and business in the United Kingdom, the United States, and France, Misha combines her skills, training, and scientific savoir faire in novel ways with highly innovative output free from linear subject boundaries. Her creative upbringing with scientific training from her physician-inventor father and traditional Indian embroidery training from her glamorous paternal grandmother informs her right brain-left brain mindset. Born in the United States and raised in Bermuda and the United States, Misha considers her Palm Beach apartment her home base and enjoys her apartments in London and Geneva when traveling for business.
Misha is a fourth-degree black belt in Shotokan karate, a competitive MMA kickboxer, an amateur ballerina, an experienced psychodrama-focused mooting champion, and a passionate supporter of the opera. Involved in karate from age 11, she is a tough cookie who enjoys teaching life-saving martial arts skills to women in domestic violence shelters and building the Domestic Violence Register, among her other volunteer activities.