Matthew Williamson was born in Manchester in 1971. He grew up and studied there until the age of 17, when he was offered a place on the fashion degree course at Central Saint Martins College, London. Matthew graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fashion Design and Printed Textiles in 1994.
Matthew Williamson Ltd was founded in February 1997 by Matthew and CEO, Joseph Velosa. Matthew showed his acclaimed debut collection, 'Electric Angels', at London Fashion Week in September 1997. Matthew’s debut show of only fourteen vibrantly coloured looks worn by models including Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger made a huge impact on the fashion world, showcasing a taster of what was to come in the years to follow.
"My collections are known for their print, embellishment, attention to detail and kaleidoscopic colour. The designs encapsulate a bohemian spirit and a laid back sense of glamour."
“I would say an evening dress in my signature style – combining colour, print and embellishment!”
“Anyone who loves my clothes! I don’t design with a particular look or age in mind as it’s obvious from working in my stores that my clothes are worn by all different types of people. The Matthew Williamson woman is feminine and sexy, fun and free-spirited, with a laid-back approach to glamour.”
"The English country garden and the artist Keith Haring."
FAVOURITE COLLECTION TO DATE:
"Asking a designer to pick their favourite collection is like asking a mother to pick her favourite child. I know how hard I’ve worked for each one and so each remains special to me in some way. I must admit though that I probably always favour the newest collection."
WHO EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF YOUR BRAND?
"My collections have always been more about an attitude and an idea. I am drawn to a certain insouciant but down-to-earth spirit and that often comes through in my designs. There isn’t a quintessential Matthew Williamson woman and the customers I meet in my Mayfair store are a real testament to this; they come from all walks of life and there is a real range in terms of age, ethnicity and lifestyles. Ultimately, I like to think they are drawn to my pieces because it makes them feel beautiful and they can have fun in them."
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