Matthew Williamson's fashion drive has never faltered
Matthew Williamson still feels the same drive for fashion as he did when he first started out.
The British designer embarked on a fashion career at the age of 18, when he was accepted to study at prestigious London school Central Saint Martins. He was the youngest student on the course but Matthew had no doubt that fashion was the career he wanted to pursue.
And nearly 40 years on, Matthew’s passion is as fierce as ever.
“Something needs to drive you to want to keep going. I get out of bed most mornings wanting to do what I do, aged 44, so that’s kind of my thing,” he smiled to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “You need a million other things, but I think first you need that passion and that self-belief that you’ve got something to say and a point of view in your product. Does it excite you? Do you think it will resonate with the consumer? And that excites me – that challenge.”
As well as his namesake label, collection with high street retailer Debenhams and recent collaboration with sportswear brand USA Pro, Matthew has also added interiors to his ever growing workload.
Matthew was first influenced by his mother’s style as a youngster and then quickly turned his attention to the top designers of the ‘70s - including Ossie Clark and Zandra Rhodes. During his college years he was constantly inspired too.
“Then I met people along the way, throughout my teenage years, particularly art teachers. It might have just been a sentence that made me think, ‘Okay!’, or things that stuck in a way and gave me that drive,” he recalled. “So it was quite a dogged ambition that I was not, not going to get to Saint Martins and I had quite a sharp, confident determination. I don’t know where that came from – that I was going to do it.”