Matty Bovan discusses his life and work in fashion.
Having grown up in York, where he is still based, Matty Bovan, 26, 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. 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, for and a year’s placement as a Junior Designer at Louis Vuitton, under Nicholas Ghesquière. 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 decorating a dedicated segment of Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. In March 2017 he collaborated with Barbie to celebrate her 58th anniversary, creating ‘GIRLNESS,’ a film with Lucy Alex Mac exploring female identity. In February 2017 he held his 2nd show with Fashion East at Tate Modern, during London Fashion Week. He is a Senior Contributing Fashion Editor of LOVE Magazine, who sent him to Paris to meet designer John Galliano and style his latest collection for Maison Margiela, for their latest issue. In July 2016, during Paris Couture, he customised all the mannequins for the Miu Miu Resort 2017 Presentation.