A look back over the last sixteen years of the Matthew Williamson brand.
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— February saw the launch of Matthew’s debut leather handbag range: a capsule collection of roomy handheld totes, and smaller duffle styles in leather and jacquard boasting longer across-body chains.
— Matthew collaborated with Osborne & Little on a range of home furnishing fabrics entitled Eden.
— Matthew designed a capsule collection for Ballantyne. Comprising 20 knitwear looks for both men and women, the styles were inspired by British heritage and produced entirely in Italy and Scotland.
— The company’s 15 Year anniversary.
— Qatar store opens in spring 2012 at the prestigious Gate Ball in the heart of Doha, Qatar.
— Matthew collaborated with artist Mat Collishaw on Lepiszoulo for Britain Creates, in celebration of the Cultural Olympiad 2012. The work is an inkjet print on canvas with beaded panels.
— Matthew’s 15th anniversary film XV stars Sienna Milller, Poppy Delevingne and Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Tell No One, the film was shot at the imposing 17th century country house, Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire and features eight ballerinas from the Royal Ballet, choreographed by the acclaimed Wayne McGregor, founder of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance.
— To coincide with the film launch, Matthew created a limited edition collection in collaboration with Swarovski. The collection was available to buy exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com.
— Launch of Matthew Williamson Bridal – a capsule collection of bridal dresses and gowns, inspired by Matthew’s most iconic designs.
— A limited edition CD, Matthew Williamson: The Collection for London Fashion Week, is created as a collaborative venture between Matthew Williamson, the British Fashion Council/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation and Sony Music.
— In February 2009 the company opened its first international flagship store at 415 West 14th Street, New York. This was followed by the opening of a third flagship store in June, located in the Mall of Dubai, UAE.
— In April 2009, the company collaborated with H&M on a Summer collection which comprised men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories and was sold from H&M stores worldwide for a limited period. The collection was accompanied by an advertising campaign shot by Sølve Sundsbø with model Daria Werbowy.
— October 2010 marked the launch of a self-titled book published by internationally renowned publishers Rizzoli. The book is written by Colin McDowell with a foreword by Sienna Miller, and contributions from Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman and Diane Von Furstenberg. An accompanying photographic exhibition marked the book launch at Somerset House.
— In March 2007, the company was invited by the London Design Museum to curate an exhibition, which opened in October 2007, featuring highlights of the designer’s work over the past 10 years.
— In September 2007 the company celebrated its 10 year anniversary by returning to show in London Fashion Week. The show also featured a surprise performance by Prince who was in London on tour at the time.
— Matthew was awarded Red Carpet Designer of the Year Award at British Fashion Awards in November 2008.
— In collaboration with Aspects Beauty UK, the company created its first fragrance which launched in Harvey Nichols London in June 2005.
— In October 2005 Matthew was appointed Creative Director of the Italian fashion house, Emilio Pucci. Matthew divided his time between the UK and Italy during this time, creating the womenswear collections for both the Matthew Williamson and Pucci companies. Matthew worked at Emilio Pucci for 3 years.
— The company open its first flagship store at 28 Bruton Street London, W1 in April 2004.
— In Oct 2004 the company collaborated with Smythson, on a range of stationery using Matthew Williamson prints.
— In March 2005, Matthew was awarded the Moët and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award. The award ceremony was attended by, amongst others, Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley, Jade Jagger and Helena Christensen and featured a catwalk show of the company’s archive collection.
— The company moved to show its collections during New York Fashion Week beginning with the Autumn/Winter 2003 show.
— In June 2003 the company collaborated with the Rug Company on a range of 4 rugs using prints from the ready-to-wear collections.
— Starting in September 2003, the company began collaborating with Coca-Cola on applying Matthew Williamson prints onto the iconic glass bottles. The first ‘Parrot Print’ bottle was so successfully received that the collaboration was extended to include three further prints which were launched in conjunction with the opening of the company’s first flagship store.
— The company begins to work with Designers at Debenhams in 2001 and launches a womenswear diffusion line named Butterfly by Matthew Williamson with the store group.
— The company moves into a new studio building on Percy Street W1 in June 2001.
— The company celebrates its 5 year anniversary with a series of photographs taken by Rankin featuring celebrities such as Jade Jagger, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Kelis. These photographs were then exhibited in a converted gallery space in West London in September 2002.
— The company has its first catwalk show in September 1997 held at Ladbroke Hall, London W9.
— The company moves into their first office in June 1998 on Ironmonger Row, London EC1.
— Matthew receives two successive nominations for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, 1999 and 2000.
— Matthew graduated from St Martins in June 1994 with a BA Hons 2:1 in Fashion and Print Design.
— He worked on various freelance projects including dance costumes for the Wayne McGregor company, Marni and Monsoon.
— Founded partnership company with Joseph Velosa in September 1996. The company was based out of a flat on the Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1. By December 1996 the label was stocked in Browns London and Barneys New York and was given a 1 page Spy feature in UK Vogue’s Jan 1997 issue.