Matthew Williamson was born in Manchester, one of the UK's great industrial cities, appropriately built on the production of cotton. “A grey city in a grey country” is how fashion designer Williamson describes his hometown, which is probably why he reacted to such a stark start in life by developing a strong craving and appreciation for cheery colors & free-flowing fabrics.
From a creative teenager’s outrageously decorated bedroom, to an innovative, international multi-million dollar empire, Rizzoli's new "MATTHEW WILLIAMSON" offers a color-drenched look at the life and creations of one of the industry's more quirky players. Photographs of Williamson’s textile designs, celebrity fashion shoots, mood boards, sketches and scrapbooks reveal the influences and inspirations behind his exquisitely beaded, embroidered creations.
A personal and reflective introduction by the designer is followed by fashion historian Colin McDowell’s revealing text, providing historical and cultural context to the editorial pages highlighting Williamson’s collections. Each chapter then opens with a note from industry style setters and key players on the success of the brand, including Alexandra Shulman, Editor of British Vogue, and Joseph Velosa, Williamson’s closest friend, partner, and CEO.
Available October 5, 2010 at Amazon.com.
- Lesley Scott