Matthew Williamson : biography
Matthew Williamson is an English fashion designer.
He was born in 1971 in Manchester, England, and studied in Manchester at Loreto College until he was 17. He then moved to London to attend school at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, graduating in 1994.
His eponymous fashion house was founded in February 1997. That same year, Williamson debuted his collection ‘Electric Angels’ at London Fashion Week. His collections were displayed during New York Fashion week in 2002. His store in Mayfair, London, followed in 2004.
In 2005, he launched his own perfume range; 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 restrospective 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 in order 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 October 2010 it was announced that Matthew Williamson signed a new licensing deal with MBFG. The deal began a new line – Muse by Matthew Williamson. The new line is expected to be in stores for Fall 2011. Fashionlvr.com. 13 October 2010.