Electric Angels, Spring Summer 1998 debut collection, © Catwalking.

Matthew Williamson: A Phenom, 10 Years out of Fashion School

Autumn Winter 2007, © Matthew Williamson.


Design Museum
Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD
0870 833 9955
Matthew Williamson,
10 Years in Fashion

October 17, 2007-
January 31, 2008

Matthew Williamson is a singular success story in the British fashion industry. Setting out on his career as a fashion graduate with no financial backing in 1997, he now has his own store in the heart of Mayfair, and his acclaimed collections are worn by international celebrity clients. 2007 marks ten years of Matthew Williamson’s career in fashion.

Matthew Williamson, 10 Years in Fashion focuses on the process and use of pattern, print and color which have defined Williamson’s work. Centralized around four main themes: Color and Psychedelia; Hyper-nature; Global extravaganza; and Lifestyle, the exhibition will feature iconic pieces from the past decade, including dresses made famous on the red carpet by Sienna Miller, Kiera Knightley, Mischa Barton and Kylie Minogue. A specially commissioned film will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the energy and vision that goes into launching a new collection. Williamson’s sketchbooks will also be on display, providing an unparalleled insight into the way he has worked since his days as a fashion student, from an initial inspiration of a pattern, texture or color, to the finished product worn on the catwalk.

Born in Chorlton, Manchester, Williamson grew up there until the age of 17, when he moved to London to study at Central St Martins. In the summer of 1997, a phone call to British Vogue led to meeting Plum Sykes, then fashion assistant at the magazine. Encouraged by her reaction to his ideas, Williamson created a women's wear collection that resulted in a September fashion show Electric Angels during London Fashion Week, in which Jade Jagger, Helena Christensen and Kate Moss agreed to model. The show was an immediate success. Over the past 10 years Williamson's collections have grown cementing a reputation as one of the UK's leading designers. He won Elle Designer of the Year 2004, has been nominated three times for British Designer of the Year, and in 2005 was awarded the prestigious Moet and Chandon Fashion Award. In 2005 Williamson became Creative Director at Emilio Pucci.

Matthew Williamson, Portrait.