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Nationality  British
Education  Central Saint Martins
Role  Fashion designer
Name  Matthew Williamson
Occupation  Fashion designer

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Born  23 October 1971 (age 44) (1971-10-23) Manchester, England
Labels  Matthew Williamson Pucci
Parents  Maureen Williamson, David Williamson
Similar People  Sienna Miller, Cat Deeley, Jade Jagger, Kelis, Plum Sykes

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


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Early years

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.


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

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

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 retrospective of his work entitled "Matthew Williamson – 10 years in Fashion".

In 2008, Williamson was awarded the "Red Carpet Designer" accolade at the British Fashion Awards where he has also received three nominations for Designer of the Year. 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. 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.

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 alongside a limited edition Swarovski collection of crystal dresses.

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. The second collection was released in 2014, entitled 'Samana', the third in 2015, entitled 'Cubana'. In 2016, Williamson collaborated with Duresta to launch his first furniture collection, 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.


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