Tbird

Michael Vollbracht

painting

"Untitled" • Acrylic on Canvas • 90" x 80"

painting

"Untitled" • Acrylic on Canvas • 60" x 48"

Bette Midler Elton John Judy Garland

"Bette Midler"

"Elton John"

"Judy Garland"

Lady Green Dancing Liz Taylor

"Lady Green"

"Dancing"

"Elizabeth Taylor"

Marilyn Monroe snakes JFK

"Marilyn Monroe"

Michael's Chop

"J.F.K., Jr"

Diver Rooster

"The Diver"

"Rooster"

"Woman & Horse"

In 1979 he launched his own line, which was received so well that it earned him the Coty Award the very next year. The company folded in 1985 due to Vollbracht having accepted financial backing from Johnny Carson, which was withdrawn during Carson's bitter divorce from his third wife. Afterwards, Vollbracht published Nothing Sacred, a visual diary of his years in New York City and the many people he interacted with, and then moved to Florida to concentrate on his illustrations and art. In 1989, The New Yorker named him one of its top illustrators, and he would produce covers and other art for the next several years.

In 1999, Vollbracht returned to the world of fashion after Bill Blass, a longtime friend and mentor, asked him to design a retrospective on Blass's work for Indiana University's art museum. The retrospective, curated by Kathleen Rowold, opened in 2002 after Blass's death. In 2003, Vollbracht returned to New York when he was invited to become head designer for Bill Blass Limited. He was the third designer to become head designer for the label.