Matthew Williamson

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Matthew Williamson
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Williamson at the Factory Girl London premiere in 2007
Born (1971-10-23) 23 October 1971 (age 45)
Manchester, England
Nationality British
Education Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Matthew Williamson
Pucci

Matthew Williamson (born 23 October 1971) is a British fashion designer renowned for his use of bold, colourful and carefully constructed designs.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Matthew Williamson was born in Manchester and studied in Manchester at Loreto College until he was 17 years old. He then moved to London to attend school at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, in 1994.[3]

Career[edit]

His eponymous fashion house was founded in February 1997. That same year, he debuted his collection 'Electric Angels' at London Fashion Week.[4]

His collections were displayed during New York Fashion week in 2002.[5] His store at 28 Bruton Street, in Mayfair, London, followed in 2004.[6]

In 2005, he launched his own perfume range and the following year he was appointed Creative Director at Emilio Pucci. In 2007, a runway show of his designs was incorporated into the video for Prince's song "Chelsea Rodgers" from his Planet Earth album. In 2007, the Design Museum, London, hosted a restrospective of his work entitled "Matthew Williamson – 10 years in Fashion".[7]

In 2008, Williamson was awarded the "Red Carpet Designer" accolade at the British Fashion Awards[8] where he has also received three nominations for Designer of the Year.[9] In September 2008 Matthew Williamson returned to London full-time to focus fully on his own label's forthcoming ventures and expansion. He made a guest appearance on season 7 of Project Runway.[10] The episode aired on 28 January 2010.

In Autumn 2010, a self-titled book was published by Rizzoli. The book is written by Colin McDowell with a foreword by Sienna Miller, and contributions from Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman and Diane von Fürstenberg. An accompanying photographic exhibition marked the book launch at Somerset House.[11]

September 2012 marked the 15th anniversary of Williamson's career. To commemorate the occasion, a short film was commissioned in association with Swarovski. The film, entitled XV stars friends of the brand including Sienna Miller, Andrea Riseborough and Poppy Delevingne. It was showcased exclusively on Net-a-Porter.com alongside a limited edition Swarovski collection of crystal dresses.[12][13]

In recent years, Matthew Williamson has rapidly expanded into the home and lifestyle sectors. 2013 saw the launch of Williamson’s collaboration with Osborne & Little on a range of home furnishing fabrics and wallpapers.[14] The second collection was released in 2014, entitled 'Samana', the third in 2015, entitled 'Cubana'. In 2016, the brand's first furniture collection was launched,[15] as well as cards, stationery and a designer colouring book featuring notable prints from the designer's previous fashion collections. In October 2016, Matthew launched a collaboration with USA homeware brand CB2.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, Hadley (17 February 2003). "Double vision". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ Katie, Berrington (20 April 2008). "Matthew Williamson Biography". Vogue. 
  3. ^ "Matthew Williamson Profile". Hello! Magazine. 8 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Williamson". London Fashion Week. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Hilary. "New York Fashion Week: Matthew Williamson". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Milligan, Laura. "Today in History – April 29". Vogue. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion". Easier Lifestyle. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Red Carpet Designer 2008". British Fashion Awards. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fashion designer Matthew Williamson launches e-commerce site". UTalkMarketing. 18 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "Matthew Williamson to judge Project Runway; Nina Garcia "LA was almost impossible"". Sassybella.com. 27 January 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Matthew Williamson's Book Launch". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Screening of Matthew Williamson XV". Tatler. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sienna Miller wishes Matthew Williamson a happy 15th Anniversary in glam video". Marie Claire. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Matthew Williamson turns interior designer for Osborne & Little". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "A kaleidoscope of colours:British fashion designer Matthew Williamson's hot new furniture collection". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "CB2 and Fashion Designer Matthew Williamson on How to Decorate with Pattern". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 

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