Matthew Williamson is a British fashion designer specialising in beautful and luxurious dresses and tops. He was born in Chorlton, Manchester, in 1971 and graduated from Central St Martins College in London in June 1994 with a BA in fashion design and Printed Textiles. After stints working for Marni and Monsoon, he founded his own company, Matthew Williamson Ltd, in 1997 with his business partner, Joseph Velosa.
Matthew's first fashion show was in September 1997, but it wasn't until 2002 that he did his first show at New York fashion week.
Matthew Williamson was awarded the Elle Designer of the Year Award in 2004 and the Moet and Chandon Fashion Award in 2005. Although nominated three times as British Designer of the Year, he has yet to win the award (perhaps this season, Matthew!).
Matthew Williamson was also the creative director at Emilio Pucci, one of the many designer labels owned by LMVH (they own the Louis Vuitton and Moet et Chandon brands, amongst others), from 2005 to 2008, but now he concentrates full time on his own company.
Celebrities who have been seen wearing Matthew Williamson dresses include Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton and Thandie Newton. Sienna Miller, pictured left, can be seen wearing a cute Matthew Williamson lime green dress. The guy in the photo is, in fact, Matthew Williamson himself. They look quite friendly in the photo. I wonder if she got a discount on the dress?
Matches Fashion have a great range of Matthew Williamson dresses, one of which is exclusive to Matches cardigans and neck scarves. There are also a small number of Matthew Williamson items of clothing in the sale.
MyTheresa have some new season Matthew Williamson, including a gorgeous paillette detailed silver toned mini dress.
Yoox also stock Matthew Williamson, with a range that also includes short, tops, skirts, cashmere jumpers and sunglasses. Yoox have divided their range by seasons. You can go directly to the:
Both Matches Fashion and Yoox offer delivery to most countries worldwide. Matches Fashion will also refund your VAT (in the UK, 20% of the sale price) at point of sale to customers with delivery addresses outside the European Union. Combined with the low pound, this makes shopping in the UK even more attractive for foreigners at the moment.
The Matthew Williamson boutique, which opened in 1994, is located at 28 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London.
He has also very recently opened a boutique in New York. It opened just at the start of 2009 and is situated on W14th St, if you happen to find yourself in the area and fancy a browse! Further stores will be opening this year in Dubai and Kuwait.