Biography

Ever since he showed his acclaimed debut show ‘Electric Angels’ in 1997, Matthew Williamson has established a highly recognisable signature aesthetic. A master of print, embellishment and kaleidoscopic colour, the collections reflect a refined yet spirited sense of glamour, inspired by global and artistic influences. Today, this design DNA has translated seamlessly into interiors with a portfolio including Blakes Hotel and Aynhoe Park.


Matthew and Joseph, 1996
Matthew and Joseph leaving their studio, 1996
Matthew graduated from Central Saint 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. He founded a 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 one page Spy feature in UK Vogue’s January 1997 issue.

Matthew showed his acclaimed debut collection, ‘Electric Angels’, at London Fashion Week in September 1997. The 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.
Matthew Williamson Electric Angels Kate Moss, Jade Jagger SS98 LFW
Alek Wek, Kate Moss and Jade Jagger backstage for Electric Angels SS98

Jade Jagger
Jade Jagger
Matthew received two successive nominations for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, 1999 and 2000. The company celebrated its 5 year anniversary with a series of photographs taken by Rankin featuring celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst and Kelis. These photographs were then exhibited in a converted gallery space in West London in September 2002. The image of Jade Jagger was on the cover of Tatler magazine, October 2002 Vol. 297, Number 10.

In June 2003 the company collaborated with the Rug Company on a range of 4 rugs using prints from the ready-to-wear collections. The collections are sold at prestigious stockists worldwide to this day. 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.
Matthew Williamson Coca Cola Bottles
The Coca Cola Bottles

Bruton Street store interior
Bruton Street store interior
The company open its first flagship store at 28 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London in April 2004.

“Williamson’s arrival at No 28 Bruton St is like a bird of paradise fluttering into a brick-and-mortar London street.” – Suzy Menkes in The International Herald Tribune

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.
Matthew's Moët & Chandon Tribute Award party
Matthew’s Moët & Chandon Tribute Award party

Matthew designs for Pucci, Spring 2007
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.

In March 2007, Matthew was invited by the London Design Museum to curate an exhibition, which opened in October 2007. It featured highlights from his 10-year career.
Design Museum poster
Design Museum poster

Prince at the SS08 show
In September 2007 the company celebrated its 10 year anniversary by returning to London Fashion Week after 5 years showing at New York 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.
Sienna Miller
Sienna Miller at the Oscars

New York store interior
New York store interior
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.
Daria Werbowy for Matthew Williamson H&M
Daria Werbowy in the H&M campaign

Matthew Williamson x Bulgari
Matthew Williamson x Bulgari
The company collaborated with Bulgari on a range of handbags for the spring/summer 2011 season to be sold in Bulgari and Matthew Williamson stores worldwide.

Matthew was the first designer to show at London’s Tate Modern for his spring/summer 2012 collection. The show was opened by Dree Hemingway and closed by Anja Rubik.

Spring/Summer 2012
Spring/Summer 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a tailored shift from the Pre Fall 2012 collection to attend the UK premiere of African Cats in aid of Tusk. Embroidered with turquoise and yellow beading at the cuffs and collar, the crepe shift became a signature style for the brand.

The brand celebrated its 15 year anniversary in 2012. The accompanying film, ‘XV‘ starred Sienna Miller, Poppy Delevingne and Andrea Riseborough. Directed by Tell No One, the film was shot at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire and features eight ballerinas from the Royal Ballet, choreographed by the acclaimed Wayne McGregor. 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.

Sarah-Ann Macklin & Poppy Delevingne in XV
Sarah-Ann Macklin & Poppy Delevingne in XV

Osborne & Little collaboration
Osborne & Little collaboration
Matthew launched his first collection of furnishing fabrics and wallpapers for Osborne & Little in 2013. The annual collections are available worldwide through Osborne & Little showrooms and stockists.

In 2015, Matthew was commissioned to design the bridal suite of 17th century stately home Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire.
Matthew Williamson suite at Aynhoe Park
The MW suite at Aynhoe Park

Blakes Matthew Williamson Interior Design
The Blakes garden, 2015
In the same year, Matthew was commissioned by iconic hotel Blakes to design their summer courtyard. He collaborated with installation artist Rebecca Louise Law, transforming the space with objets d’arts and textiles from his Osborne & Little range. He has since re-designed the courtyard to form a permanent, lush oasis at the hotel in South Kensington, London.

In November 2016, Matthew hosted a dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow in celebration of his specially-curated Christmas tree, commissioned by the charity Kids Company. The 6m tree at aqua shard was bedecked in baubles from artists, designers and actors including Mary J Blige, Tom Dixon and Zaha Hadid. 
Matthew Williamson and Gwyneth Paltrow
Matthew and Gwyneth Paltrow

Matthew Williamson, Sienna Miller
Matthew & Sienna Miller
Matthew’s first range of bespoke furniture launched in 2016, created in collaboration with Nottingham-based sofa manufacturer Duresta. In March 2017, Matthew launched the range in the USA at ABC Carpet & Home in New York. They created a suite that encapsulated Matthew’s aesthetic, using a rainbow palette and details to intrigue the eye. Matthew was joined by Sienna Miller, Lauryn Hill and friends from New York to launch the collection.

In recent years, Matthew’s design DNA has translated seamlessly into interiors. For summer 2017, he was commissioned to design the interiors of Nama Bar in Deià, Mallorca. The owners briefed Matthew to create a space that felt like an intimate gentlemen’s club – dark, intimate and a little bit sexy. Further interior design projects and a full collection of luxury scented candles are set to launch in 2018.
Matthew Williamson interior design Nama Bar Mallorca Deia - blue room
The main room at Nama