First and foremost, I would like to thank Matthew Miller for taking some time off of his busy schedule to respond to this interview. I would also like to thank Liz for making this interview happen.
Matthew Miller graduated from the Royal College of Art back in 2009. Soon after that, he launched hist very own label accompanied by his first collection which was highly accepted by the crowds. He was nominated for McArthurGlen Spirit Awards back in 2010 and he won the award along with two other recipients. For more updates on what he’s up to, go to his Tumblr.
Now, he’s getting ready to launch his fall/winter 2011.12 collection.
Check out the complete interview below!
01 – Hi, Matthew ! How are you?
I feel like a million dollars.
02 – Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Menswear designer originally from Stoke-on-Trent, living in London, via Manchester, where I studied for my BA. I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2009 and haven’t really stopped since.
03 – You’ve just recently showed your spring/summer 2011 collection during London Fashion Week. What was that like?
Exciting, exhausting, exhilarating…
04 – What was your inspiration behind the spring/summer 2011 collection? What are the key pieces from that collection?
FORM=FUNCTION, the inspiration came from providing the modern city gent with a practical wardrobe to function in different situations. The key pieces are the TYVEK fold into the pocket shorts, shirts with neoprene detailing, tailoring and the power mesh jersey tee-shirts (on sale in Selfridges)
05 – You were one of the winners of the Recipients of McArthurGlen Spirit of Fashion Awards in 2010. How did you feel when you heard about that? What did it mean to you?
I was extremely happy and proud, it was a great honour to be nominated and then to win. For a young designer, any sort of exposure and assistance is important, I am excited at the project that was part of the prize.
06 – What can we expect from the fall/winter 2011 collection?
A continued exploration into masculinity, this season follows on from last season in the sense that I am continuing the examination of combining traditional techniques, making them practical. Also I am introducing an accessories range, something I started last season.
07 – What is/are your design signature(s)?
Adaptable garments that are Made in England. Tailoring and sportswear are key Matthew Miller elements, along with the Duffel Coat.
08 – Who is your inspiration?
Conversations, observations, its hard to pin down one key inspiration, as I am constantly trying to absorb as much information as possible. Words are a big inspiration, they are the starting point for my work.
09 – Are there any plans to expand internationally?
Always, the world is my oyster and I love adventure.
10 – What’s next for Matthew Miller?
Finishing this A/W2011/12, preparing for my Selfridges window and also working on the MacArthur Glen project.
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