Matty Bovan


Having grown up in York, where he is still based, Matty Bovan29, graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2015 with an MA specialising in Fashion Knitwear (under the late Louise Wilson for the first year, followed by Fabio Piras for the final year), having previously spent 4 years doing his BA specialising in Knitwear (under Sarah Gresty).  His 12-look graduate collection opened the final show, exhibiting his cacophony of sculptural knits, textures and wild, handmade adornments, which earned him the L’Oréal Professionel Creative Award, closely followed by the LVMH Graduate Prize 2015. Before starting at LV, he was invited by Katie Grand to do some research for Marc Jacobs in New York, resulting in a collage of his illustrative work in collaboration with fellow designer Amie Robertson, decorating a dedicated segment of Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.  Matty also starred in the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Campaign, shot by David Sims, and more recently in Vivienne Westwood’s  British Airways recently launched ‘Made by Matty Bovan,’ a Love Letter to his late grandmother illustrating his appreciation of craftsmanship and British heritage, part of their The BA 100, celebrating 100 makers of Modern Britain.  Watch the film here. He is a double-recipient of the BFC NEWGEN bursary, which presently supports his Spring/Summer and Autumn Winter 2020 shows, and previously his Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2019 shows. He was nominated for Emerging Designer Womenswear at the Fashion Awards 2018, and also 2017. He has incorporated Liberty Fabric into his Autumn/Winter 2019 and Spring/Summer 2020 shows, and continues to work collaboratively with Stephen Jones on millinery and Gina on footwear. His recent Spring/Summer 2020 show saw no-frills utilitarianism of workers’ uniforms meet the flamboyantly decorative impulse of the Arts and Crafts movement, while wipe-clean colours of the hospital ward clash with the density and intensity of William Morris’s palette as standard-issue garments are elevated beyond their workaday origins to become something other.  Headwear by Stephen Jones for Matty Bovan consisted of large lenses as flat as iPads worn across the face, distorting the features and rendering them almost unreal.  Rediscovering the work of artist and filmmaker, Derek Jarman, revisiting his old, thumbed paperback of Jarman’s journals, Modern Nature, and for Spring/Summer 2019, the lustrous chaos of Matty Bovan’s future-sphere has taken on a dramatic, sinister, explosive new sense of purpose. Like Jarman before him, he has escaped the capital and is looking beyond an immediate sightline from the back garden of his suburban Yorkshire home.  Sempiternity, the name of the collection, is, he says, ‘the opposite of eternity.’ In a unique collaboration with global design house Coach, he pushed the idea of proportion to whole new scales for a set of bumbags, presented in his Spring/Summer 2018 show, while COACH x Matty Bovan bags, first shown on the catwalk of his  Autumn/Winter 2017 launched the day of Spring/Summer 2018 show with MATCHESFASHION.COM, who then invited him to create a bespoke COACH x Matty Bovan Holiday Tree unveiled December 2018, having been commissioned the year before, to create a Christmas Tree for Hoi Polloi in Ace Hotel London. In September 2018, he collaborated with artists Rory Mullen and Adam Leach to create a fully immersive site-specific installation comprising video projections, live performance and sculpture, within the Leeds room at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House.  Entitled Just/Unjust, it has been inspired by a carved wooden chimney piece depicting the 'Dance of Death' in The Red Drawing Room at Burton Agnes Hall, an Elizabethan Manor House near Bovan’s home and studio in Yorkshire. London’s Design Museum nominated a tweed and tulle gown, topped off with a Stephen Jones for Matty Bovan balloon-festooned head piece, a finale look from his Autumn/Winter 2018 Show, for inclusion in their ‘Beazley Designs of the Year 2018’ Exhibition, which also opened in September 2018. He is a Senior Contributing Fashion Editor of LOVE Magazine. His recent Spring/Summer 2020 is his fourth stand alone show at London Fashion Week, having shown for three seasons prior as part of Fashion East’s group shows. Instagram @babbym