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Top fashion designer Michael Ball is joining the Apple design team to help the company build products that make consumers’ lives easier.
Ball, who has worked at Dolce & Lavie, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Prada and more, will help Apple design products for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod touch, as well as for other products in its home entertainment, wearable and other business lines.
He will work on products ranging from furniture to fashion accessories, as Apple expands its reach beyond its own stores.
Ball joined Apple in November.
He’s joined the company in part to take on the role of director of consumer design, according to a company statement.
“I am looking forward to working with the team here at Apple and working with our designers and engineers on innovative products that will make people’s lives easier,” Ball said.
Ball has previously worked at Ralph Lauren and Versace and is now working at a major French luxury brand.
His Instagram account includes a photo of him at Versace’s Milan Fashion Week show in September.
Ball is an icon in the fashion world, with designs for many high-profile brands, including Balenciaga, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Louis X-Lacquers and Louis Vuifs.
Ball was named a 2017 Marie Claire Style and Design Award nominee and is also a winner of the 2017 Design Awards.
Ball’s Instagram account has more than 2.5 million followers.
He was previously a member of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s design team, where he worked with fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Louis Vianney, Calvin Klein X-Ray and Calvin Klein Swimsuits.
Ball will also work on the design team at Apple.
Apple will hire Ball to help design products, including iPhones and iPads.
He previously worked as a senior designer for the Apple-designed iPod touch for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with a number of Apple accessories including headphones, chargers and adapters.
Ball previously designed for Dolce, including the Dolce-Lavie Collection.
In January, Ball was nominated for the Designers’ Choice Award for his work at Versacre.