Matthew Williamson was born in Manchester in 1971. Williamson went on to graduate with a BA in fashion design and printed textiles from Central Saint Martins in 1994.
The designer founded his eponymous company in 1997. Williamson’s debut collection, Electric Angels, was comprised of fourteen looks worn by models like Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jade Jagger, and shown at London Fashion Week.
Williamson is recognised for his laid back yet glamourous bohemian aesthetic focusing on print, embellishment, and kaleidoscopic colour. In 2005 he took over as creative director at Emilio Pucci, returning to London in 2008 in order to focus fully on his own label.
To commemorate his ten year anniversary, a retrospective titled Matthew Williamson – 10 Years in Fashion was held at the Design Museum in London in 2007. A self-titled book was published by Rizzoli in 2010, featuring contributors such as Colin McDowell, Anna Wintour, Alexandra Shulman and Diane Von Furstenberg. The publication was also accompanied by a photographic exhibition at Somerset House. In 2012 Williamson produced a short film in association with Swarovski entitled XV and starring Sienna Miller, Andrea Riseborough and Poppy Delevingne to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his label.
Williamson won Red Carpet Designer of the Year at the 2008 British Fashion Awards, as well as Elle Designer of the Year in 2004 and the 2005 Moet and Chandon Fashion Tribute Award. He was also nominated three times for Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
- Matthew Williamson features in a project.