The 34-year-old is one of the most sought-after ateliers in his industry, but one celebrity leaves him sweating - because working for her is a "surreal" experience.
“You’ve just got to do a great job because she’s a professional and she wants things done right and she wants things done perfect," Ashton explains to PeopleStyle of what it's like creating clothes for Beyonce. "She’s so professional and she’s so wonderful, that there’s no secret."
Michael, who has also worked with Cher, Ciara, Usher, and Jennifer Lopez, created the fierce pink full-sleeve leotard Beyonce wore during her performance at the Tidal X: 1020 concert last year (15), and to his delight, she was really pleased with the look.
“She said that I made pink look tough,” he smiles before explaining the hardest part of dressing the Lemonade hitmaker is “making sure that she still felt like Beyoncé in (my) clothes.”
“That was really important,” he adds, noting "no matter what stylist” she uses, Beyonce “still has an opinion that’s actually educated” when it comes to fashion and accessories.
"She’s not having someone tell her what’s good,” Michael shares. “She has still has a very clear idea of what she wants, which is wonderful.”
But catering to a client's personal tastes doesn't mean Ashton keeps his mouth shut during collaborations with powerful celebrities.
“There’s certain situations where they’ll come to me and say, ‘I don’t know what I'm doing, let’s make some cool stuff,'” he reveals. “And there’s certain situations where it’s like, ‘I want this specific thing,’ and I’ll do it, but I’ll say, ‘Maybe we should tweak some things’ because I feel like it’s out of my caliber of the brand.”
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